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Table 6 Importance of different factors in retaining doctors within GPFM

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

  All Public Private Difference between private and public (t- and p- values) Test of significance against adjusted α (Holm’s procedure)
Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD
Greater commitment by relevant bodies to protect professional practice 8.63 1.86 8.29 1.62 8.69 1.89 NS NS
Less litigatious environment for doctors to practise medicine 8.62 1.95 8.21 1.95 8.69 1.93 NS NS
Higher remuneration 8.22 1.91 8.35 1.70 8.20 1.94 NS NS
Recognise General Practice/Family Medicine as a specialty 8.05 2.47 8.00 2.30 8.05 2.50 NS NS
More training for GPs and family physicians to handle certain illnesses within primary care setting 7.67 2.23 7.58 2.16 7.68 2.25 NS NS
More professional support 7.65 1.89 7.57 1.90 7.66 1.89 NS NS
Greater continuity of care for patients 7.53 2.01 7.65 1.74 7.50 2.05 NS NS
Reduced administrative tasks 7.52 2.35 7.57 2.40 7.24 2.04 NS NS
Improved working culture that enhances collegiality 7.49 1.93 7.46 1.64 7.50 1.98 NS NS
Greater job autonomy 7.34 2.11 7.58 1.90 7.29 2.15 NS NS
More recognition of clinical and other contributions 7.33 2.11 7.18 1.81 7.36 2.16 NS NS
Additional annual leave 7.29 2.44 7.75 1.97 7.20 2.51 NS NS
More career progression opportunities 7.12 2.29 7.61 1.93 7.04 2.34 NS NS
Longer consultation time with patients 7.1 2.29 8.10 2.00 6.92 2.30 t = 3.38 (p = .001) Sig (adj α = .002)
Protected time for education/ training/ research 6.82 2.36 7.79 2.07 6.65 2.37 t = 3.14 (p = .002) Sig (adj α = .002)
Reduced intensity of workload 6.42 2.33 7.59 1.89 6.21 2.35 t = 3.97 (p < .001) Sig (adj α = .002)
Reduced volume of workload 6.23 2.43 7.55 1.94 5.99 2.44 t = 4.31 (p < .001) Sig (adj α = .002)
  1. For Mean and SD, 0 = least important, 10 = most important