Difficulties experienced by migrant physicians working in German hospitals: a qualitative interview study

by Corinna Klingler and Georg Marckmann
Human Resources for Health, 2016 14:57 – Published: 23 September 2016

13 pp. 460 kB

With Germany facing a shortage of doctors, hospitals have been increasingly recruiting physicians from abroad. Studies in other countries have shown that migrant physicians experience various difficulties in their work, which might impact the quality of patient care, physician job satisfaction, and, accordingly, retention. The experiences of migrant doctors in Germany have not been systematically studied so far and will likely differ from experiences migrant physicians make in other contexts. A thorough understanding of challenges faced by this group, however, is needed to develop adequate support structures—as required by the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.

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