Supporting healthcare workers caring for excombatants: incentives among Colombian providers with FARC ex-combatants
AuthorsReynolds, Christopher W.
Duarte Osorio, Andres
Aguiar Martinez, Leonar G.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Facultad de Medicina. Departamento de Medicina Preventiva y Social
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Facultad de Medicina. Departamento de Epidemiología Clínica y Bioestadística
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Facultad de Medicina. Departamento de Medicina Interna. Medicina de Urgencias. Grupo de Investigación en Urgencias y Emergencias en Salud
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With the Peace Agreement between Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), Colombia promised healthcare to 13,000 ‘reincorporating’ FARC ex-combatants. Shortages of healthcare workers in reincorporation camps means this promise is in danger of going unfulfilled. More information is needed to determine incentives, disincentives, and recruitment of healthcare providers to address this shortage. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with healthcare providers across FARC reincorporation camps, and a multidisciplinary team conducted analysis in NVivo12 using a team-based coding method. Twenty-four healthcare professionals from 15 camps participated, of which 75% were female. Incentives to work with FARC included improved clinical skills, professional advancement, increased comfort with FARC, and contributing to the peace process. Disincentives included poor living conditions, lack of support, biases, familial commitments, and sacrificing career opportunities. Threefourths of the sample recommended working with FARC, and 92% reported a shortage of healthcare workers. Recruitment strategies included improved resources and specialised career development for healthcare workers, facilitating interactions between FARC and healthcare professionals outside clinical scenarios, and integrating medicine for vulnerable populations into health education. This study shows the impact that working with FARC ex-combatants can have on healthcare providers and tangible suggestions for increasing provider participation to address the healthcare worker shortage.
Link to the resourcehttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2022.2037150
SourceGlobal Public Health; Volumen 17 Número 11 , Páginas 1 - 17 (2022)
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