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"Brain drain" of health professionals: from rhetoric to responsible action

Martineau, Tim ORCID:, Decker, K. and Bundred, P. (2004) '"Brain drain" of health professionals: from rhetoric to responsible action'. Health Policy, Vol 70, Issue 1, pp. 1-10.

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The question of the "brain drain" of health professionals has re-emerged since last exposed in 1970s. This paper is based on exploratory studies in Ghana, South Africa and the UK, a literature review and subsequent tracking of contemporary events. It reviews what is currently known about professional migration in the health sector and its impact on health services in poorer countries. The relevant responsibilities at the global level and source and recipient country levels are then reviewed. It is concluded that that the situation is more complex than portrayed by some of the rhetoric and that meaningful dialogue and consideration of responsibilities is needed. In addition, better information is needed to monitor migration flows; source countries need to improve staff attraction and retention strategies; and recipient countries need to ensure that they do not become a permanent drain on health professionals from the developing countries. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration; health professionals; recruitment; retention strategy; migration; doctors; service
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 21 Medicine as a profession.
W General Medicine. Health Professions > Health Services. Patients and Patient Advocacy > W 84 Health services. Delivery of health care
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 525 General works
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > International Health Group
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Depositing User: Ms Julia Martin
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 10:41
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 10:12


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