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Table 2 Primary care - selection criteria

From: Challenges to the Israeli healthcare system: attracting medical students to primary care and to the periphery

  Primary care Undecided No primary care Primary care vs no primary Primary care Females vs males
  Females Males  
N 98 184 229   41 57 98
Criteria for choosing a specialty
 Time with family (1) 76% 73% 65% p < 0.03 85% 68% p < 0.05
 Specialty with team work 57% 54% 45% p < 0.04 56% 58% NS
 Influence of spouse 43% 43% 31% p < 0.007 49% 39% p < 0.05
 Specialty that deals with social issues (3) 42% 35% 22% p < 0.001 51% 35% p < 0.009
 Daytime work only (1) 26% 29% 16% p < 0.03 34% 19% p < 0.03
 Work only in the community 9% 3% 4% p < 0.001 12% 7% NS
 Procedures/surgery 43% 41% 57% p < 0.01 34% 49% p < 0.02
 High salary 36% 48% 51% p < 0.002 34% 38% NS
 Opportunity for research (2) 34% 37% 44% p < 0.05 27% 39% NS
 Academic faculty member 19% 26% 30% p < 0.05 24% 16% NS
Criteria for choosing a residency
 Much supervision by senior physicians 53% 45% 37% p < 0.001 68% 42% p < 0.04
 Limited work hours 29% 30% 17% p < 0.001 33% 27% NS
 Short residency (<4.5. years) 28% 15% 12% p < 0.001 29% 26% NS
 Much clinic time (2) 23% 16% 5% p < 0.001 20% 25% NS
 Hospital in the periphery (3) 19% 7% 6% p < 0.001 20% 19% NS
 Leading department (1)a 67% 77% 79% p < 0.03 71% 65% NS
 Large hospitial 52% 55% 62% p < 0.04 59% 47% NS
 Family living location 78% 75% 64% NS 88% 70% p < 0.05
 Making clinical decisions on your own 66% 50% 55% NS 56% 74% p < 0.05
 Pre-determined work hours (2) 47% 48% 35% NS 59% 39% p < 0.05
 Influence of family 42% 37% 31% NS 54% 33% p < 0.01
 Many on-call shifts 10% 11% 12% NS 5% 14% p < 0.03
  1. Percent of "agree" and "agree much" responses on 5-point Likert Scale Numbers in parenthesis are the results of factor analysis
  2. aclusters per cluster analysis
  3. Bold result indicates the higher value in a statistically significant pair