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Table 4 Importance of different factors to GPs’ plans to leave

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

  Mean SD
Time spent on unimportant tasks 6.89 2.92
Reduced job satisfaction 6.64 3.02
Long working hours 5.90 3.06
Lack of professional support 5.90 2.78
Lack of time for personal growth eg. training/ further education/ research 5.76 3.29
Intensity of workload 5.69 2.81
Volume of workload 5.51 3.19
Lack of career progression opportunities 5.21 3.08
Complexity of patient problems 4.02 2.74
Lack of time for patient contact 3.90 3.04
Lack of continuity of care for patients 3.85 2.71
Lack of innovation opportunities 3.70 3.37
Lack of research opportunities 3.56 3.33
Lack of teaching opportunities 3.47 3.09
Lack of mentoring opportunities 3.11 2.89
Poor working relationship with colleagues 2.74 2.29
  1. For Mean and SD, 0 = least important, 10 = most important