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Study: Physicians married to highly educated spouses less likely to work in rural areas

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March 1, 2016View for printing

Married physicians with highly educated spouses are less likely to practice in rural underserved areas, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Montana State University nursing professor Peter Buerhaus is co-author on the study.

The study examined 1 percent of all employed physicians ages 25 to 70 years working in the U.S. every 10 years from 1960 to 2000, and every year from 2005 to 2011, based on data from the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey, respectively.

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This challenge is not limited to the medical profession.
Anyone moving to a location more rural that their current location will face two main questions:

1.- Trailing spouse. My spouse has a great job here. What will they do in the new location.

2.- What if? What will I do if this job doesn't work out? What other similar jobs are potentially available in the new location.

Both can be partially addressed by focusing on the development of industry clusters throughout a state where there are several companies with support companies, education opportunities etc. in the local economy to provide additional employment opportunities.

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