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Table 3 Reasons not currently active or reason became inactive (before reentry) a

From: A national survey of 'inactive' physicians in the United States of America: enticements to reentry

  Fully retired (n = 436) Not currently active (n = 500) Reentered (n = 226)
  Reason not currently active Reason was inactiveb
  % (n) % (n) % (n)
Personal health issues/concerns 37.8 (165) 37.8 (189) 28.8 (65)
"Hassle factor" (ex: paperwork, compliance issues)d 37.4 (163) 28.2 (141) 21.7 (49)
Rising medical malpractice premiums c 27.8 (121) 21.4 (107) 13.7 (31)
Lack of professional satisfaction 25.2 (110) 22.2 (111) 19.9 (45)
On call responsibility 19.0 (83) 17.6 (88) 11.9 (27)
Insufficient reimbursement rates c 20.6 (90) 15.0 (75) 14.6 (33)
Pursuing a non-medical career c 12.2 (53) 17.8 (89) 6.6 (15)
Need to care for young children e 6.4 (28) 18.4 (92) 29.6 (67)
Practice not economically viable 12.8 (56) 11.8 (59) 10.6 (24)
Improvement in personal/family finances 13.1 (57) 9.2 (46) 7.1 (16)
Need to care for other family member(s) e 5.5 (24) 15.2 (76) 6.6 (15)
Hard to keep up with clinical advances 5.5 (24) 5.0 (25) 0.4 (1)
Inadequate practice volume 2.8 (12) 2.0 (10) 0.4 (1)
Other 24.5 (107) 9.4 (147) 32.3 (73)
  1. a Positive responses; multiple response permitted
  2. b No statistics testing of reentered vs. other groups (questions are different)
  3. c P < 0.05, fully retired vs. not currently active
  4. d P < 0.01, fully retired vs. not currently active
  5. e P < 0.001, fully retired vs. not currently active