Authors: Vincent I.O. Agyapong, Akwasi Osei, Conor K. Farren and Eilish McAuliffe
Whilst there have been several studies exploring retention in health workers, little is known about health workers engaged in the provision of mental health services and the factors that affect their recruitment and retention. The objective of this research was to examine the views of stakeholders about the factors which influence career choices and retention of community mental health workers (CMHWs) in Ghana. We administered three separate, self-administered, semi-structured questionnaires to 11 psychiatrists, 29 health policy directors and 164 CMHWs across Ghana, including 71 (43.3%) community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), 19 (11.6%) clinical psychiatric officers (CPOs) and 74 (45.1%) community mental health officers (CMHOs).
Resource Topic: CHWs and Mental Health, Community Health Workers/Volunteers, Data Collection, Employee Engagement, Human Resources Management/Workforce Development, Motivation/incentives, Performance-based incentives, Recognition/remuneration, Recruitment and Retention
Resource Type: Research
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)