Semantic analysis of natural language processing in a study of nurse mobility in the Northern Territory, Australia

Kostas Alexandridis, Kristal Coe, Stephen Garnett

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    Abstract

    In lieu of diverse consequences in the demand and supply of health care professionals such as nurses and midwives in Australia and the world, a firm understanding of the characteristics of staff mobility and the factors influencing their retention could lead to achieving enhanced service delivery, greater job satisfaction, and the establishment of a more stable and robust workforce. The research reported in this paper attempts to shed light on qualitative aspects of mobility in health care professional staff in the Northern Territory of Australia. It builds upon an existing survey study of the quantitative factors that determine why nurses and midwives come to the Northern Territory, why some stay and why many leave, by analysing additional qualitative textual responses of participants using semantic network approaches to natural language processing. Our results illustrate the methodological and policy significance of semantic approaches to knowledge acquisition and representation, especially in complementing findings of traditional survey analysis techniques, and in analysing the broader social settings, effects and consequences of staff retention and mobility. � 2010 Springer Science & Business Media B.V.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-42
    Number of pages28
    JournalJournal of Population Research
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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