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Table 6 Reasons left active medicine for those not currently active and those who have reentered, by gender a

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

  Not currently activeb Reentered
  Female (n = 248) Male (n = 250) Female (n = 114) Male (n = 112)
  % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n)
Personal health issues/concerns 34.3 (85) 41.2 (103) 26.3 (30) 31.3 (35)
'Hassle factor' (ex: paperwork, compliance issues) 27.8 (69) 28.8 (72) 13.2 d (15) 30.4 (34)
Rising medical malpractice premiums 19.8 (49) 23.2 (58) 3.5 e (4) 24.1 (27)
Lack of professional satisfaction 21.8 (54) 22.8 (57) 13.2 d (15) 26.8 (30)
On-call responsibility 19.4 (48) 16.0 (40) 7.9 (9) 16.1 (18)
Insufficient reimbursement rates 13.7 (34) 16.4 (41) 6.1 e (7) 23.2 (26)
Pursuing a non-medical career 14.1c (35) 21.6 (54) 4.4 (5) 8.9 (10)
Need to care for young children 35.5e (88) 1.6 (4) 56.1 e (64) 2.7 (3)
Practice not economically viable 13.3 (33) 10.4 (26) 4.4 d (5) 17.0 (19)
Improvement in personal/family finances 9.7 (24) 8.8 (22) 5.3 (6) 8.9 (10)
Need to care for other family member(s) 23.4 e (58) 7.2 (18) 10.5 c (12) 2.7 (3)
Hard to keep up with clinical advances 7.7d (19) 2.4 (6) 0.9 (1) 0  
Inadequate practice volume 0.8 (2) 3.2 (8) 0   0.9 (1)
Other 25.8 (64) 32.4 (81) 25.4 c (29) 39.3 (44)
  1. a Positive responses; multiple response permitted
  2. b Two physicians not currently active in medicine did not report their gender.
  3. c P < 0.05, female vs. male within activity group
  4. d P < 0.01, female vs. male within activity group
  5. e P < 0.001, female vs. male within activity group