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Table 2 Influence of COBERS on the attitudes of undergraduate health professions students in Uganda towards working in rural areas, 2012

From: Influence of community-based education on undergraduate health professions students’ decision to work in underserved areas in Uganda

  Before COBERS After COBERS p value
N Score N Score
Choice of career destination
 I intend to work in a rural area 518 2.24 506 2.34 0.082
 I intend to work in a health profession after I graduate 516 3.52 507 3.36 < 0.001
 I intend to work in a Uganda after I graduate 358 3.04 336 2.88 0.006
 I intend to work in another African country after I graduate 518 2.58 497 2.49 0.110
 I intend to work outside Africa after I graduate 509 2.61 499 2.48 0.053
Factors influencing intentions to work in the rural areas
 Social attributes
  Reliable transport 521 3.43 509 3.22 < 0.001
  Reliable electricity 522 2.24 502 3.17 0.001
  Availability of clean water 231 3.48 341 3.27 < 0.001
  Good security 523 3.57 510 3.38 < 0.001
  Good infrastructure 518 3.26 510 3.13 0.003
  Reliable internet 522 2.97 506 2.85 0.029
  Good housing 518 3.22 495 3.11 0.044
  Availability of good local schools for my children 521 3.05 507 2.93 0.029
  Working close to where I grew up 524 2.06 508 2.09 0.430
  Being able to speak the local language 521 2.78 505 2.74 0.560
  High salary 519 3.23 505 2.93 < 0.001
 Professional attributes
  Being able to interact with a university 518 2.60 506 2.55 0.365
  Being able to interact with other health professionals 521 3.50 507 3.28 < 0.001
  Being posted in the rural area 516 2.33 500 2.46 0.016
  Being made the in-charge of the hospital 517 2.36 499 2.37 0.769
  Having access to long distance education courses 507 2.65 501 2.53 0.035
  Having access to electronic medical literature 520 2.86 508 2.69 0.002
  Being given extra allowance to work in rural areas 517 2.95 508 2.80 0.010
  Having specific skills in community health 521 3.27 499 3.06 < 0.001
  Having adequate medical supplies and equipment 234 3.39 339 3.21 0.033
  1. COBERS Community-Based Education, Research and Services