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Table 4 Reasons to consider becoming active in medicine again or reason reentered 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)
  Reasons to consider reentry Reasons for Reentryb
  % (n) % (n)   
Nothing e 34.2 (149) 3.6 (18)   
Reasons among those who did not indicate "nothing" would lead them to consider reentry (n = 287) (n = 482)   
  % (n) % (n) % (n)
Availability of part-time work or flexible scheduling c 42.5 (122) 51.5 (248) 47.8 (108)
Financial need 43.9 (126) 43.4 (209) 32.3 (73)
Desire to provide volunteer services 40.8 (117) 39.6 (191) 8.0 (18)
Change in family or personal circumstances e 30.1 (89) 42.9 (207) 31.0 (70)
Responding to a need in the community 33.1 (95) 38.0 (183) 16.8 (38)
Miss caring for patients c 29.3 (84) 37.3 (180) 32.7 (74)
Miss colleagues/practice environment 19.9 (57) 23.4 (113) 22.6 (51)
Want to pursue a new challenge or new area of medicine e 10.5 (30) 21.0 (101) 16.8 (38)
Boredom/Too much free time on my hands 12.9 (37) 17.6 (85) 13.3 (30)
An opportunity to change my specialty/subspecialty with relative ease d 8.0 (23) 15.6 (75) 9.7 (22)
An opportunity with less administrative responsibility 7.3 (21) 8.3 (40) 10.6 (24)
Other 22.0 (63) 25.7 (124) 19.0 (43)
  1. a Positive responses; multiple response permitted
  2. b No statistical 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