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Table 3 Mean rating of factors affecting choice (based on 5-point Likert Scale from 1-not significant to 5-very significant)

From: Career choices and what influences Nepali medical students and young doctors: a cross-sectional study

FACTOR Choosing medicine (MBBSa) (SLCburban vs rural background) Choosing PGccourse (SLC urban vs rural background)
Serve sick 4.4 (4.4, 4.4) 4.2 (4.19, 4.21)
Personal interest 4.22 (4.16, 4.27) 4.27 (4.29, 4.25)
Social prestige 4.15 (4.14, 4.18) 4.12 (4.15, 4.1)
Employment prospects 3.83 (3.79, 3.85) 3.88 (3.9, 3.87)
Best available course 3.62 (3.58, 3.67) 3.69 (3.7, 3.69)
Serve rural areas 3.47 (3.48, 3.47) 3.39 (3.39, 3.39)
Self/government employment 3.47 (3.42, 3.51) 3.58 (3.54, 3.62)
Scientific/research interest 3.46 (3.44, 3.49) 3.54 (3.56, 3.54)
Financial remuneration 3.25 (3.23, 3.27)  
Financial remuneration –during PG study N/A 3.35 (3.41, 3.32)
Financial remuneration – after PG study N/A 3.7 (3.67, 3.74)
Personal or family Illness 2.77 (2.81, 2.76) 2.74 (2.8, 2.7)
Books/films 2.74 (2.76, 2.74) 2.67 (2.62, 2.71)
Family pressure 2.60 (2.64, 2.58) 2.37 (2.37, 2.37)
Same doctor in family 2.56 (2.53, 2.58) 2.13 (2.13, 2.13)
Work satisfaction N/A 4.35 (4.37, 4.33)
Opportunity for procedural work N/A 3.72 (3.83, 3.65) P = 0.002
Work hours N/A 3.55 (3.52, 3.58)
Pursuit of non-medical interests N/A 2.69 (2.69, 2.7)
  1. a MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.
  2. b SLC - School Leaving Certificate.
  3. c PG - postgraduate.