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Migration intentions of Lithuanian physicians, nurses, residents and medical students

Bernadeta Goštautaitė, Ilona Bučiūnienė, Žemyna Milašauskienė, Karolis Bareikis, Eglė Bertašiūtė and Gabija Mikelionienė

Health Policy, 2018, vol. 122, issue 10, 1126-1131

Abstract: Due to a flow of healthcare professionals and students from emerging to industrialized economies, healthcare systems in source countries are facing increasing threats to a people-centered quality of care. This study investigates the prevalence and underlying reasons for emigration intentions among physicians, nurses, residents, and medical students in Lithuania (total N = 1080). In our sample, 39% of students, 21% of residents, 12% of nurses, and 6% of physicians had decided to emigrate within the next two years. Based on statistical analyses of the survey data, we conclude that emigration decisions are linked to socio-demographic (age, gender, family situation), financial, organizational (teamwork climate in hospital) and social (perceived social worth) factors. Implications for policy-making and retention of healthcare workforce are discussed.

Keywords: Migration intentions; Human resources; Retention; Social worth; Teamwork climate (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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