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Table 4 Association between rural preference and graduates’ attributes: a univariable analysis

From: Attitudes toward working in rural areas of Thai medical, dental and pharmacy new graduates in 2012: a cross-sectional survey

Graduates’ attributes Having rural preference (serving community hospitals)
Doctor (%) Dentist (%) Pharmacist (%)
< n= 390> < n= 133> < n= 121>
Sex P value = 0.577 P value = 0.553 P value = 0.803
Male 154 (39.8) 42 (31.6) 25 (20.7)
Female 233 (60.2) 91 (68.4) 96 (79.3)
Hometown area P value = 0.205 P value = 0.052 P value = 0.055
Urban 289 (74.9) 97 (73.5) 50 (41.3)
Rural 97 (25.1) 35 (26.5) 71 (58.7)
School location P value = 0.250 P value = 0.151 P value = 0.957
Bangkok and vicinity 220 (59.6) 85 (63.9) 4 (3.3)
Upcountry 149 (40.4) 48 (36.1) 117 (96.7)
Mode of admission P value = 0.044a P value = 0.466 P value = 0.147
National entrance examination 94 (24.2) 60 (45.1) 79 (65.3)
Direct admission 165 (42.4) 55 (41.4) 25 (20.7)
CPIRD/ODOD 98 (25.2) NA NA
Others (for example, special quota) 32 (8.2) 18 (13.5) 17 (14.0)
Parents’ education P value = 0.658 P value = 0.529 P value = 0.751
At least bachelor degree 279 (72.1) 90 (68.2) 72 (60.0)
Below bachelor degree 108 (27.9) 42 (31.8) 48 (40.0)
Parents’ career P value = 0.172 P value = 0.084 P value = 0.708
Civil servant 192 (49.2) 71 (53.4) 70 (60.3)
Not civil servant 198 (50.8) 62 (46.6) 46 (39.7)
  1. aStatistical significance over 95% level of confidence.
  2. n= total number of graduates choosing ‘Community hospitals’ in the questionnaire, NA = not applicable as dentists and pharmacists did not have CPIRD/ODOD admission programme.