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Have a research idea to help frontline populations receive healthcare? Submit a funding application to AstraZeneca

In the spirit of the Frontline Health program's collaborative nature, consultations with leading academics have led to the Frontline Health program actively supporting or pursuing research initiatives in these critical areas.
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Summary

A critical issue for marginalized populations is the lack of healthcare providers on the frontlines. This is made worse by the rapid turnover of those who begin, but soon leave, a frontline practice. The end result? A system - already stretched thin - that is approaching the breaking point. One solution to this problem is to improve the recruitment, training and retention of healthcare providers in frontline settings. Canadian medical schools have implemented a variety of curriculum and training approaches to address this issue but many of these programs are in their infancy and are just being evaluated for their effectiveness.

Over and above training, several studies have looked at the factors that affect attraction, recruitment and retention of frontline healthcare providers (most of these studies have focused on rural and remote areas of practice). And while certain predictors of success have been identified, the broader factors are not well understood.

If you have any research ideas that will help frontline populations, we encourage you to submit a funding application here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 12:45pm

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Frontline research projects

In the spirit of the Frontline Health program's collaborative nature, consultations with leading academics have led to the Frontline Health program actively supporting or pursuing research initiatives in these critical areas. For practical reasons of limited resources, our first research steps focus on a specific subset of frontline practitioners: physicians.

Frontline Health is providing an unrestricted educational grant for a joint research initiative of Université de Sherbrooke and the University of British Columbia, led by Dr. Paul Grand'Maison of Université de Sherbrooke. This project will examine the curriculum and training approaches of leading Canadian faculties of medicine to identify evidence-based best practices in the training of frontline physicians. The goal is to provide medical faculties with the tools and insights to further improve their respective frontline training programs. AstraZeneca Canada is also undertaking research on physicians who are successfully working in long-term roles in frontline settings across Canada. This will focus on the geographic, attitudinal, behavioural, demographic, psychographic and socioeconomic characteristics of these doctors in order to better understand the factors that contribute to their sustained success. The hope is that this research will eventually assist medical schools in identifying, attracting and recruiting high quality candidates (either current or prospective medical students) who have a high probability of successfully starting and maintaining a medical practice in a frontline health setting.

The success of these two initiatives will mean that there will be more - and better trained - physicians to deliver healthcare and health promotion to populations on the frontlines.

If you have any research ideas that will help frontline populations, we encourage you to submit a funding application here.

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Contact

Chris Jarvis
http://www.astrazeneca.com/responsibility
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