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Table 3 Rating of understanding of postgraduate training and the Irish healthcare system by plans to go abroad (1 = strongly agree, 5 = strongly disagree)

From: Ireland’s medical brain drain: migration intentions of Irish medical students

  Plans to go abroada  
  Definitely or contemplating Not going abroad Total
No. % No. % No. %
I understand what training is involved after the intern yearb       
Strongly agree       
Agree 70 6.3 8 19.0 78 6.7
Neither 378 33.8 17 40.5 395 34.1
Disagree 218 19.5 6 14.3 224 19.3
Strongly disagree 452 40.4 11 26.2 463 39.9
Mean 3.94 3.48 3.93
Overall I have a good understanding of how the Irish healthcare system worksc       
Strongly agree       
Agree 85 7.5 8 18.2 93 7.9
Neither 455 40.2 20 45.5 475 40.4
Disagree 243 21.5 12 27.3 255 21.7
Strongly disagree 348 30.8 4 9.1 352 30.0
Mean 3.76 3.27 3.75
  1. aExcluding those unsure about plans.
  2. bIndependent T test: t = 2.961, p = 0.003.
  3. cIndependent T test: t = 3.230, p = 0.001.