he migration of highly skilled health professionals from developing to developed nations has increased dramatically in the last ten years in response to a range of social, economic and political factors.
The healthworkermigration.com website is spearheaded by Dr. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, CIHR/Health Canada Research Chair in Health Human Resource Policy at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bourgeault and her colleagues have undertaken research programmes focused on the migration of health professionals, largely in 'destination' countries (Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia) but also more recently from 'source' countries.
"This website brings together the perspectives of health policy researchers and decision-makers who have an interest in the migration of health professionals from either a destination country or source country perspective."
'Destination' Country Perspectives
Dr. Bourgeault and colleagues have undertaken three main studies on the migration of health professionals from a destination country perspective:
- Multiple Case Study Evaluation of Postsecondary Bridging Programs for Internationally Educated Health Professionals [2011-2013]
- On the Move: The Migration of Health Professionals to Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia [2007-2012]
- Brain Drain, Gain or Waste: The Experiences of Internationally Educated Health Professionals in Canada [2006-2010]
- The Role of Immigrant Care Workers in Aging Societies [2007-2009]
'Source' Country Perspectives
The aim of this research is to undertake a comparative multi-method analysis of the causes, consequences and responses on some of the key 'source' countries of the migration of highly skilled health workers. We focus in particular on the migration of highly skilled health professionals working in management, planning and education from the Philippines, India, South Africa, and from the Caribbean community.
The following research questions will be explored:
- What is the present picture of and recent historic trends in, the migration of highly skilled health personnel in each of the major source countries of HHR flows?
- What, according to those 'on the ground', are the most critical consequences of the migration of highly skilled health workers that should be examined and how could these consequences be 'measured' optimizing the potential for comparative policy analyses?
- What is the range of program and policy responses that have been considered, proposed and implemented to address these critical causes and consequences of health worker migration from low- to high-income countries, and what have been some of the outcomes of these responses?