Vol. 12 No. 5 | May 2012

Vol. 12 No. 5 | May 2012

ISBN: 1526-5161

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Precommitting to Serve the Underserved

Nir Eyal& Till Bärnighausen

In many countries worldwide, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of physicians limits the provision of lifesaving interventions. One existing strategy to increase the number of physicians in areas of critical shortage is conditioning medical school scholarships on a precommitment to work in medically underserved areas later. Current practice is usually to demand only one year of service f...

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Between 15 and 60% of patients are considered “difficult” by their treating physicians. Patient psychiatric pathology is the conventional explanation for why patients are deemed “difficult.” But the prevalence of the problem suggests the possibility of a less pathological cause. I argue that the phenomenon can be better explained as a response to problematic interactions related to health ...

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