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Table 5 Binomial logistic regression for factors affecting choice of specialization when specialties categorized into non-controllable versus controllable lifestyles

From: Career preferences of final year medical students at a medical school in Kenya–A cross sectional study

Lifestyle (non-controllable versus controllable) Odds ratio (95 % CI) p-value
Sex (female vs male) 1.89 (0.22-15.86) 0.558
Marital status (married vs single) 1 - -
Spent most of life (urban vs rural) 1.57 (0.10-24.59) 0.747
Religion (base category Christianity)    
Muslim 2.89 (0.15-56.10) 0.483
Hindu 1 - -
None 1 - -
Profession of mother/female guardians (non-medical vs medical) 1 - -
Profession of father/male guardian (non-medical vs medical) 1 - -
Fees payment (government vs self) 0.28 (0.03-2.77) 0.275
Factors affecting choice of specialization (base outcome is ‘No’)    
Maybe 0.32 (0.02-6.24) 0.452
Yes 0.47 (0.03-7.56) 0.594
  1. Significance level alpha 0.05 the variable labelled ‘factors affecting choice of specialization’ was generated after factor analysis for the 18 independent categorical variables on questionnaire [see Additional file 1- section B2]
  2. Odds ratios compare non-controllable to controllable lifestyle