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Table 6 Key differences among the three cadres of health workers

From: For more than love or money: attitudes of student and in-service health workers towards rural service in India

Students Allopathic cadre Ayurvedic cadre Nursing cadre
Attitude toward rural primary care  →  Preferred jobs were in the urban private sector  →  Open to both private and public job options, though preference was for the public sector  →  Generally preferred jobs in the public sector. A few nurses had ambitions to work abroad
 →  Rural primary care jobs are perceived as not providing professional growth and respect  →  Jobs in the primary health center give legitimacy to alternate health professions
 →  Rural primary care jobs in the public sector offered job security and satisfying work hours
 →  Specialization/postgraduate opportunities given utmost importance
Key concerns of students in taking up rural primary care jobs  →  Lack of professional growth  →  Poor salary  →  Job security wanted
 →  Inability to practice alternate medicine
 →  Adequate workload
 →  Poor salary  →  Lack of work related facilities  →  And regular timings wanted
 →  Several contextual factors
 →  Lack of job prestige  →  Inability to take leave during emergencies
 →  Poor personal security
 →  Lack of work-related facilities  →  Several contextual factors
 →  Several contextual factors
Concerns of in-service personnel in rural primary care jobs  →  Fear of prolonged stints with no guarantee of transfers from rural area  →  Fear of prolonged stints with no guarantee of transfers from rural area  →  Fear of prolonged stints with no guarantee of transfers from rural area
 →  Poor status and salary in comparison with allopathic doctors
 →  Inability to take leave
 →  Inability to assist patients during the
 →  Poor salary compared to private practitioners
 →  Several contextual factors
 →  Lack of Ayurvedic drugs
 →  Several contextual factors
 →  Bureaucracy in public sectors jobs
 →  Several contextual factors