Listening to the rural health workers in Papua New Guinea - The social factors that influence their motivation to work

Razee, Husna, Whittaker, Maxine, Jayasuriya, Rohan, Yap, Lorraine and Brentnall, Lee (2012) Listening to the rural health workers in Papua New Guinea - The social factors that influence their motivation to work. Social Science & Medicine, 75 5: 828-835. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.04.013


Author Razee, Husna
Whittaker, Maxine
Jayasuriya, Rohan
Yap, Lorraine
Brentnall, Lee
Title Listening to the rural health workers in Papua New Guinea - The social factors that influence their motivation to work
Journal name Social Science & Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-9536
1873-5347
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.04.013
Volume 75
Issue 5
Start page 828
End page 835
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite rural health services being situated and integrated within communities in which people work and live, the complex interaction of the social environment on health worker motivation and performance in Low Middle Income Countries has been neglected in research. In this article we investigate how social factors impact on health worker motivation and performance in rural health services in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Face-to-face in-depth interviews were conducted with 33 health workers from three provinces (Central, Madang, and Milne Bay) in PNG between August and November 2009. They included health extension officers, community health workers and nursing officers, some of whom were in charge of the health centres. The health centres were a selection across church based, government and private enterprise health facilities. Qualitative analysis identified the key social factors impacting on health worker motivation and performance to be the local community context, gender roles and family related issues, safety and security and health beliefs and attitudes of patients and community members. Our study identified the importance of strong supportive communities on health worker motivation. These findings have implications for developing sustainable strategies for motivation and performance enhancement of rural health workers in resource poor settings.
Keyword Papua New Guinea
Rural health worker
Social factors
Health worker performance
Work motivation
Qualitative Research
Nurses
Areas
Performance
Community
Hospitals
Framework
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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