Table 3

Rating (Likert scale 1–5) of motivational factors for specialty preference
Motivational factors Women Men p
N = 215 N = 157
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Interesting content 4.7 (0.5) 4.5 (0.6) .004
A lot of direct patient contact 4.1 (0.9) 3.9 (0.9) .013
In line with technical skills 4.1 (1.1) 4.0 (1.0) NS
Combining work with family 3.9 (1.1) 3.6 (1.1) .020
Career prospects 3.3 (1.0) 3.4 (1.0) NS
Good salary 3.1 (0.9) 3.2 (1.1) NS
Research opportunities 2.8 (1.2) 2.9 (1.2) NS

Note: Significant gender differences were measured using a non-parametric test (Mann–Whitney U test); significance level was set at p < .05. NS = not significant. p < .05 in bold.

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Diderichsen et al. BMC Medical Education 2013 13:39   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-39

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