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Table 1 Socio-demographic factors in the 3 study groups

From: Longitudinal rural clerkships: increased likelihood of more remote rural medical practice following graduation

Variable N Pre RCSWA N Post RCSWA urban training N Post RCSWA rural training P-Value (χ 2 test)
Age at completion        <0.001
 Up to 23 yr 94 47.0% 12 19.0% 21 34.4%  
 24 yr and older 106 53.0% 51 81.0% 40 65.6%  
Sex        0.001
 Female 81 40.5% 34 54.0% 41 67.2%  
 Male 119 59.5% 29 46.0% 20 32.8%  
Secondary school type        0.424
 Government 77 53.1% 21 48.8% 18 41.9%  
 Independent 68 46.9% 22 51.2% 25 58.1%  
Secondary school location        <0.001
 Metropolitan 128 88.3% 32 74.4% 27 62.8%  
 Rural 17 11.7% 11 25.6% 16 37.2%  
IRSAD score        <0.001
 Decile 1-2 5 2.5% 1 1.6% 2 3.3%  
 Decile 3-4 2 1.0% 2 3.2% 5 8.2%  
 Decile 5-6 17 8.5% 5 7.9% 18 29.5%  
 Decile 7-8 24 12.0% 15 23.8% 7 11.5%  
 Decile 9-10 152 76.0% 40 63.5% 29 47.5%  
Rural background        0.003
 Urban 165 82.5% 45 71.4% 38 62.3%  
 Rural 35 17.5% 18 28.6% 23 37.7%  
ASGC-RA Town of origin        0.004
 ASGC – RA 1 – Major City 166 83.0% 44 69.8% 36 59.0%  
 ASGC – RA 2 – Inner regional 10 5.0% 8 12.7% 8 13.1%  
 ASGC – RA 3 – Outer regional 14 7.0% 8 12.7% 13 21.3%  
 ASGC – RA 4–5 – Remote/ Very remote 10 5.0% 3 4.8% 4 6.6%  
Country of origin        0.226
 Oceania 103 63.6% 48 76.2% 50 82.0%  
 UK and Ireland 16 9.9% 3 4.8% 2 3.3%  
 Eastern and SE Asia 22 13.6% 5 7.9% 3 4.9%  
 Southern Asia 4 2.5% 2 3.2% 2 3.3%  
 Other 17 10.5% 5 7.9% 4 6.6%  
  1. Significant P values are in bold-faced type.