A questionnaire survey of 562 physicians in Manitoba who had graduated from the University of Manitoba was carried out to assess the effect of personal characteristics on choosing a practice location. The results closely resemble those of studies performed in the United States: the choice of a nonurban practice location is significantly more likely if the physicians and their spouses have nonurban backgrounds and if the physicians have had a nonurban preceptorship during undergraduate medical education. In this study practitioners who were male and whose fathers were farmers or health care professionals were also more likely to practise in nonurban areas. These findings will help in making physician distribution more equitable
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