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Table 3 Association between covariates and reasons specialist doctors undertake rural outreach services, based on Pearson chi-squared

From: Reasons why specialist doctors undertake rural outreach services: an Australian cross-sectional study

  Agreement with reasons
Covariate    Grow my practice Maintain personal connection to region Complex healthcare in challenging situations Provide healthcare for disadvantaged people Provide support rural staff
    n (%) P n (%) P n (%) P n P n (%) P
   n 304 (54)   145 (26)   104 (18)   70 (12)   35 (6)  
Location Metropolitan 385 206 (55)   112 (30)   68 (18)   50 (13)   27 (7)  
  Rural 180 97 (54) .87 32 (18) .003 35 (20) .65 19 (11) .39 8 (4) .22
Main practice Salaried only 196 127 (68)   56 (29)   27 (14)   28 (14)   7 (4)  
  Fee-for-service 332 158 (48) <.0001 80 (24) .22 72 (22) .027 35 (11) .20 25 (8) .07
Outreach location Inner regional 340 163 (49)   96 (29)   73 (22)   53 (16)   27 (8)  
  Outer regional/remote 227 141 (64) .001 49 (22) .079 31 (14) .017 17 (8) .004 8 (4) .031
Time travelled <1 h 86 39 (47)   18 (21)   24 (29)   14 (16)   9 (10)  
  From 1–3 h 342 178 (53)   92 (27)   60 (18)   41 (12)   17 (5)  
  4+ h 137 86 (66) .009 34 (26) .56 19 (14) .022 14 (10) .41 9 (7) .17
Missing    14 (3)   11 (2)   7 (1)   7 (1)   5 (1)