PrimCareIT

Needs & Strategies

The initial question is the influence of so called “professional isolation” of health professionals working in remote primary health care (PHC) on the attractiveness of their jobs and working conditions in the BSR compared to cities and urban areas.

Professional isolation refers to the circumstance that health professionals such as family doctors, specialised doctors, health workers or nurses are to some extend isolated from their professional peers. For example health professionals have the feeling that they have no other experts and colleagues to discuss and share professional issues and ideas related to their patients or in general.

Professional isolation is considered as a main factor involved in brain drain of health professionals from rural to urban areas and even between Baltic Sea regions. The increasing lack of specialised workforce leads to an on-going centralisation of medical infrastructure and staff in urban areas.

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