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Table 3 Career plans of Singapore GPs in the next 5 years

From: General practitioners’ views on retaining Singapore’s primary care doctors: a cross-sectional survey and qualitative analysis

  All (341)
N (%)
Public (52)
N (%)
Private (289) Differences across public and private (χ2 and p-value) Test of significance against adjusted α (Holm’s procedure)
Leave GP/FM permanently 49 (14.4%) 2 (3.8%) 47 (16.3%) χ2 = 5.52
(p = .019)
NS
Take a career break 43 (12.6%) 6 (11.5%) 37 (12.8%) NS NS
Work abroad 21 (6.2%) 4 (7.7%) 17 (5.9%) NS NS
Pursue further professional studies 65 (19.1%) 16 (30.7%) 49 (17.0%) χ2 = 5.45
(p = .020)
NS
Participate in training programmes 83 (24.3%) 19 (36.52%) 64 (22.1%) χ2 = 4.96
(p = .026)
NS
Reduce hours of clinical work 175 (51.3%) 14 (26.9%) 161 (55.7%) χ2 = 14.618
(p < .001)
Sig (adj α = .002)
Increase hours of clinical work 16 (4.7%) 6 (11.5%) 10 (3.5%) χ2 = 6.43
(p = .011) #
NS
Reduce management responsibilities 76 (22.3%) 7 (13.5%) 69 (24.1%) NS NS
Increase management responsibilities 43 (12.6%) 12 (23.1%) 31 (10.7%) χ2 = 6.10
(p = .014)
NS
Reduce teaching responsibilities 8 (2.3%) 0 (0.0%) 8 (2.8%) NS NS
Increase teaching responsibilities 46 (13.5%) 20 (38.4%) 26 (9.0%) χ2 = 32.79
(p < .001)
Sig (adj α = .002)
Reduce training responsibilities 8 (2.3%) 1 (1.9%) 7 (2.4%) NS NS
Increase training responsibilities 28 (8.2%) 12 (23.1%) 16 (5.6%) χ2 = 11.20
(p = .001)
Sig (adj α = .002)
Reduce research responsibilities 6 (1.8%) 3 (5.8%) 3 (1.0%) χ2 = 5.71
(p = .017) #
NS
Increase research responsibilities 23 (6.7%) 9 (17.3%) 14 (4.8%) χ2 = 11.87
(p = .001) #
Sig (adj α = .002)
Others (status quo, business ventures, etc.): 55 5 50   
  1. Multiple selections are allowed for this question. NS denotes not significant
  2. #At least one cell contains minimum expected cell count of less than five, hence rendering the Chi-sq Test unsuitable. Therefore, the significance of the Fisher’s exact test is reported instead