CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


Date of this Version



Center for Applied Rural Innovation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 2003. 18 p.


Copyright 2003, Center for Applied Rural Innovation. Used by permission.


This paper examines the factors that influence the satisfaction and retention of family and general practice physicians in Nebraska’s 87 non-metropolitan counties. Extensive research has previously been done in the area of rural physician recruitment. This research project compares the existing research with current trends in physician recruitment. In addition, it provides further insight into the less-thoroughly studied area of rural physician retention.

Satisfaction with practice-related and lifestyle factors is measured and compared with the level of influence of those same factors in the initial practice selection decision. Demographic characteristics are also considered in the analysis of data and resultant recommendations to medical schools, rural communities, and policymakers