The characteristics of successful family physicians in rural Nebraska: a qualitative study of physician interviews

J Rural Health. 2006 Spring;22(2):189-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2006.00030.x.


Context: In studying physician shortage issues, few studies have utilized individual interviews, allowing rural physicians to voice their own stories.

Purpose: To explore rural physicians' unique characteristics affecting their decisions and satisfactions with practice in a rural area.

Methods: A qualitative interview study with 11 Nebraska family physicians practicing in rural (frontier) areas.

Findings: Previous experience and preference for a rural lifestyle, desire for autonomy, a wide scope of practice, and close relationships with patients defined those physicians choosing rural practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nebraska
  • Physicians, Family*
  • Rural Population*