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Manpower training for primary health care in rural communities.

Wakatsuki T
Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah. International Association of Agricultural Medicine, 1978 Sep; :371-373
Training for primary health care providers in rural communities in Japan was discussed. Activities of a National Rural Health Training Center were described. The center which was established in September 1977 was attached to a hospital that served a mountainous rural area. The area contained many villages that did not have any doctors or organized medical care. The center was designed to house up to 6O health care professionals for periods of intensive training ranging from 1 week for allied health personnel to 1 month for physicians. The curriculum emphasized the theoretical aspects of primary health care. It was difficult to encourage physicians to attend the training sessions because of their already demanding schedules and many did not recognize the importance of learning about primary health care or rural medicine. However public health nurses and agricultural cooperative livelihood guidance officers, both of whom work closely with the rural people, came in greater numbers and with greater enthusiasm. Between September 1977 and March 31, 1978, 29 physicians, 31 public health nurses, 51 nurses, 51 livelihood guidance officers, two nutritionists, and 118 other medical practitioners had been trained at the center. Ninety one percent of the trainees were affiliated with agricultural cooperatives. The author notes that the center has a good reputation among its trainees, but has been received rather skeptically by the general population.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Occupational-health; Agricultural-workers; Health-care-personnel; Health-services; Education; Educational-resource-centers; Medical-treatment; Health-protection
Prev Med & Environmental Hlth University of Iowa Inst/agric Med & Environ Hlth Iowa Oakdale, Iowa 52319
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Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah
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University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
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