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Table 2 Relevance of characteristics of PM in daily work as perceived by students, compared with perceptions of practicing doctors

From: Working in preventive medicine or not? Flawed perceptions decrease chance of retaining students for the profession

Subscales PM students PM doctors Δstudents-doctors t Cohen’s d
n M SD n M SD M SD
PM knowledge and skills 1 386 2.91 .19 100 2.78 .23 .13 .19 7.05* .62
Basic sciences 1 379 2.41 .38 98 2.13 .38 .26 .38 7.23* .74
Daily work characteristics 1 377 2.92 .21 100 2.68 .33 .22 .23 10.30* .87
Community practice 1 381 2.40 .37 100 2.15 .43 .23 .38 6.35* .62
Clinical practice 1 380 2.37 .35 100 2.38 .41 −.01 .35 −.24 .03
Working stress 1 368 2.22 .42 100 2.10 .39 .11 .42 2.82* .30
  1. *Two-tailed p value ≤ .01