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Table 9 Primary care - selection criteria

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

  1Incentive interests me 2Plan peripheral residency 3Incentives don’t interest me 1 vs 3 1 vs 2 2 vs 3
N 106 20 223    
Criteria for choosing a specialty
 Time with family (1) 78.30% 60.00% 63.39% p < 0.004 p < 0.04 NS
 Specialty that deals with social issues (3) 35.24% 35.00% 25.11% p < 0.02 NS NS
 Advancing rapidly (2) 51.43% 45.00% 68.75% p < 0.0007 NS p < 0.04
 Opportunity for research (2) 29.25% 5.00% 46.64% p < 0.0001 p < 0.04 p < 0.0001
 Bedside specialty 95.28% 95.00% 92.79% NS NS NS
 Wide range of medical problems 73.58% 63.16% 73.66% NS NS NS
 Controllable lifestyle (1) 73.58% 50.00% 66.07% NS NS NS
 Independent practice practice 53.77% 40.00% 51.28% NS p < 0.03 p < 0.03
 High salary 50.48% 20.00% 45.09% NS p < 0.006 p < 0.01
 Specialty with team work 48.11% 55.00% 50.89% NS NS NS
 Procedures/surgery 45.28% 31.58% 50.67% NS NS p < 0.04
 Influence of spouse 41.35% 45.00% 34.84% NS NS NS
 Private practice 36.79% 10.00% 39.64% NS p < 0.008 p < 0.009
 Daytime work only (1) 23.30% 21.05% 19.20% NS NS NS
 Academic faculty member 22.86% 10.53% 31.25% NS NS NS
 Influence of family 9.43% 10.00% 11.21% NS NS NS
 Work only in the community 4.72% 10.00% 3.14% NS NS NS
 Narrow range of medical problemsa 4.72% 5.00% 2.68% NS NS NS
 Specialty that my coleagues choosea 1.90% 5.00% 0.90% NS NS NS
 Influence of classmatesa 0.95% 0.00% 1.34% NS NS NS
Criteria for choosing a residency
 Controllable lifestyle 73.33% 45.00% 58.12% p < 0.04 p < 0.03 NS
 Primary care 27.18% 31.58% 15.32% p < 0.001 NS p < 0.002
 Hospital in the periphery (3) 7.55% 55.00% 3.85% p < 0.001 p < 0.0007 p < 0.001
 Intellectual challenge (1)a 80.19% 60.00% 87.05% p < 0.004 NS p < 0.007
 Leading department (1)a 68.87% 45.00% 84.82% p < 0.0002 p < 0.004 p < 0.0009
 Specific location 50.94% 68.42% 69.82% p < 0.0001 NS NS
 Large hospitial 50.00% 26.32% 67.71% p < 0.005 p < 0.04 p < 0.0006
 Opportunity for research 16.98% 5.00% 29.02% p < 0.02 p < 0.01 p < 0.0005
 Family living location 68.87% 70.00% 69.06% NS NS NS
 Making clinical decisions on your own 49.06% 50.00% 58.04% NS NS NS
 Much “action” 45.28% 40.00% 43.75% NS NS NS
 Much supervision by senior physicians 43.81% 20.00% 46.43% NS NS p < 0.04
 Limited work hours 43.40% 30.00% 40.18% NS NS NS
 Physical challenge 42.45% 30.00% 41.70% NS NS NS
 Teaching students 38.10% 50.00% 48.21% NS NS NS
 Influence of family 32.38% 30.00% 34.38% NS NS NSb
 Pre-determined work hours (2) 25.71% 25.00% 20.72% NS NS NS
 Short residency 15.09% 10.00% 16.52% NS NS NS
 Much clinic time (2) 13.33% 20.00% 9.38% NS NS NS
 Many on-call shifts 12.26% 10.00% 10.71% NS NS NS
  1. Percent of “agree” and “agree much” responses on 5-point Likert Scale
  2. Numbers in parenthesis are the results of factor analysis
  3. aClusters per cluster analysis
  4. Bold results represent the higher value of a statistically significant pair