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Table 4 Descriptive statistics of community service satisfaction and future work intentions

From: Placement, support, and retention of health professionals: national, cross-sectional findings from medical and dental community service officers in South Africa

Characteristics Number Percentage
Experienced professional development (n = 539) 470 87%
Contributed to health of community (n = 595) 563 95%
Supervision satisfaction
  Well-oriented to job (n = 537) 465 87%
  Good clinical supervision (n = 494) 350 71%
  Good mentorship and support (n = 459) 329 72%
  Seniors available (n = 513) 420 82%
  Management handled concerns well (n = 416) 209 50%
Practical satisfaction   
  Performed overtime duties (n = 632) 570 90%
  Satisfied with accommodation (n = 408) 233 57%
  No risk to personal safety (n = 457) 236 34%
  Remuneration is fair (n = 448) 242 54%
  Received salary on time (n = 605) 465 77%
Where planning to work next year   
  Private sector, SA (n = 657) 150 23%
  Public sector, SA (n = 657) 453 69%
  Overseas (n = 657) 39 6%
  Other (n = 657) 15 2%
Intention to specialize (n = 620) 419 68%
Intention to stay at same CS facility (n = 620) 203 34%
Intention to work in rural or underserved communities 171 25%
  1. CS: community service.