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Challenges in the rural family doctor system in Iran in 2013-14: A qualitative approach

(2016) Challenges in the rural family doctor system in Iran in 2013-14: A qualitative approach. Family Practice.

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Abstract

Background. Family doctor is a medical specialization that provides families and people of all ages, genders and diseases with comprehensive ongoing health services. Objective. The present study wasconducted to describe challenges in the rural family physician program from the perspective of family physician program directors and family doctors in Iran using a qualitative approach. Methods. We conducted interviews with 13 family physician program directors and 8 family doctors selected through purposive snowball sampling. The initial in-depth unstructured interviews were reviewed and transformed into semi-structured ones. The data obtained were analyzed in ATLAS.ti using the conceptual framework method. Results. Nine main concepts (comprehensive planning, medical insurance system, compensation for services, performance evaluation, welfare facilities, recruiting and retaining a workforce, information system, culture-building and financing) and 27 subgroups emerged from the analysis of the data. Conclusion. The main challenges in the family physician program include cultural, economic and environmental factors and work conditions. The implementation of this program can be improved through building a community culture and exercising minor and major modifications. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: Challenges; Content analysis; Family doctor; Qualitative approach
Subjects: History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany > WZ 305-350 Miscellany Relating to Medicine
Divisions: Education Vice-Chancellor Department > Faculty of Medicine > Departments of Clinical Sciences > Department of Psychiatric
Depositing User: مهندس هدی فهیم پور
URI: http://eprints.hums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4026

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