Table 5

Importance of various factors in choice of specialty
Factor Score (*) Importance (**)
Mean SD % CI 95%
Good working conditions and quality of life 4.9 1.1 88.9 88.0 89.8
Close doctor-patient relationship 4.6 1.2 82.8 81.8 83.8
Broad spectrum of clinical problems 4.4 1.2 78.2 77.1 79.3
High level of professional dedication and commitment 4.4 1.2 77.5 76.3 78.7
Specialization requires great effort to learn 4.3 1.2 75.6 74.4 76.8
Wide range of patients of different ages 4.2 1.3 71.7 70.5 72.9
Focused on a specific spectrum of clinical problems 3.9 1.3 60.5 59.1 61.9
High level of income 3.8 1.4 60.6 59.2 62.0
Immediate outcomes of professional activities 3.7 1.3 56.1 54.7 57.5
Scientific prestige 3.7 1.5 55.2 53.8 56.6

SD: Standard deviation; 95%CI: 95% confidence interval.

(*) Score on a Likert scale from 1 to 6 points.

(**) Score equal to or greater than 4.

Zurro et al.

Zurro et al. BMC Family Practice 2012 13:47   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-47

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