Journal article

Migration of Junior Doctors: The Case of Psychiatric Trainees in Portugal

Mariana Pinto da Costa, Cala Moreira, Luis FS Castro-de-Araujo, Fabio Monteiro da Silva, Renato Antunes dos Santos



INTRODUCTION: In the last few decades, the rates of international medical migration have continuously risen. In Psychiatry, there is great disparity in the workforce between high and low-income countries. Yet, little is known about the 'push' and 'pull' factors and the migratory intentions of trainees. This study aims to assess the factors impacting the decisions of psychiatric trainees in Portugal towards migration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire was developed in the Brain Drain study and was distributed to psychiatric trainees in Portugal. RESULTS: The sample consists of 104 psychiatric trainees (60.6% female). Overall, 40.4% of the trainees had prior experience of living abroad and..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) and the Portuguese Association of Psychiatric Trainees (APIP) for their support to this research project. We are grateful to Kirat Virdi who as a native speaker provided language editing to the final version of this article.