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Table 1 Characteristics of doctors practicing medicine in Ireland by intention to stay or leave Ireland

From: Factors influencing trainee doctor emigration in a high income country: a mixed methods study

   Definitely stay Probably stay Undecided Probably leave Definitely leave Total P
n % n % n % n % n % n %  
Sex
   Female 47 20 93 39 45 19 34 14 21 9 240 100  
   Male 29 17 62 36 44 26 19 11 17 10 171 100 0.454
Age
 Mean (IQR) 32.4 (29–35) 33 (30–35) 32.4 (29–34) 32.9 (30–37) 32.3 (30–35) 32.7 (30–35)  
    0– 20 20 38 38 24 24 11 11 7 7 100 100  
  30– 33 17 67 35 43 23 27 14 21 11 191 100 0.804
  35– 24 20 51 42 21 17 15 12 10 8 121 100  
Entry routea
   DEM 48 20 101 41 47 19 28 11 20 8 244 100  
 GEM 12 17 26 36 20 28 7 10 7 10 72 100 0.531
 Non-EU fees 4 12 11 33 8 24 4 12 6 18 33 100  
Employment status
 Private/otherb 20 27 33 44 11 15 8 11 3 4 75 100  
   Public 58 17 125 36 81 23 45 13 36 10 345 100 0.051
Happy with work-life balance
   No 20 11 56 31 54 30 28 16 22 12 180 100  
 Yes 58 24 102 42 39 16 25 10 17 7 241 100 <0.001
Relationship status
   Married 39 20 70 36 39 20 29 15 17 9 194 100  
   Other 38 17 86 39 50 23 24 11 21 10 219 100 0.662
Children
   No 47 18 97 36 59 22 36 14 27 10 266 100  
 Yes 30 21 58 40 28 19 17 12 11 8 144 100 0.729
Current gradec
   SHO 14 21 23 34 16 24 8 12 7 10 68 100  
 Registrar 19 22 28 32 18 21 14 16 8 9 87 100  
 GP trainee 6 16 15 39 13 34 2 5 2 5 38 100  
 SpR 19 13 66 44 32 21 20 13 13 9 150 100 0.191
 GP 9 18 21 41 12 24 5 10 4 8 51 100  
 Consultant 10 42 6 25 2 8 2 8 4 17 24 100  
 Other 1 33 0 0 0 0 1 33 1 33 3 100  
Bullied in Ireland
   No 34 22 60 39 33 22 15 10 10 7 152 100  
 Yes 44 16 99 37 60 22 38 14 29 11 270 100 0.253
Return to Ireland
   Likely    86 84 60 68 32 60 20 51 198 70  
 Unlikely    17 17 28 32 21 40 19 49 85 30 < 0.001
  1. a DEM medical school entrant direct from secondary school final exam, GEM medical school entrant with a graduate degree
  2. bPrivate/other: other category includes research (n = 13), maternity leave (n = 16), career break (n = 3), not working (n = 1) and other (n = 12)
  3. cGrade in order of seniority: SHO Senior House Officer, GP trainee General Practitioner trainee, SpR Specialist registrar, GP General Practitioner