Dear colleagues

We are doing research to explore clinical courage amongst rural doctors in the context of Covid-19. Part of the research is to help WoncaRural understand what we can do to help in supporting rural colleagues around the world.

We would really like to get a spread of participation from rural doctors in a range of countries, with different kinds of backgrounds and levels of experience. If you are a practising rural doctor, I would thus encourage you to consider responding to the request below. (We would be happy to do similar work in other health professionals working in the rural context, but now we are limiting it to medical doctors.)

Kind regards


Invitation to participate in a research project

Project Title: Doctors’ Experiences of COVID-19 and Clinical Courage

At times doctors have to work at the limits of their scope of practice in order to meet the needs of their patients. This takes courage. This project builds on our work to understand the experience of clinical courage as perceived by rural doctors. We are seeking to broaden our understanding of clinical courage by exploring how doctors practise during times of significant stress such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

This study is being undertaken by the following research team: Lucie Walters, Jill Konkin, Ruth Stewart, Ian Couper, Susan Williams and David Campbell. If you are working as a rural doctor and have experience with preparing for and treating COVID-19 patients and are comfortable to be interviewed in English, then we invite you to participate in our study.

 If you are interested to know more about this study contact to be sent a participant information sheet and consent form, or you can register your interest by undertaking a brief survey at URL link

Best wishes from Lucie

I acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we live and work upon today

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Prof IAN COUPER  |  BA, MBBCh, MFamMed, FCFP(SA)  |
Director: Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health | Direkteur: Ukwanda Sentrum vir Landelike Gesondheid

Professor of Rural Health: Department of Global Health | Professor van Landelike Gesondheid: Departement Globale Gesondheid

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