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Table 1 Demographic characteristics, place of residence and graduates perceived influence of COBES on choice of specialty, willingness to practice in a rural setting and perceived usefulness of COBES

From: The effect of Community Based Education and Service (COBES) on medical graduates’ choice of specialty and willingness to work in rural communities in Ghana

  Total (n = 56) Male (n = 32) Female (n = 24) p-value
Place of Residence
 Village 5(8.9 %) 5(15.6 %) 0(0.0 %) 0.0638
 Town 23(41.1 %) 12(37.5 %) 11(45.8 %) 0.590
 City 28(50.0 %) 15(46.9 %) 13(54.2 %) 0.788
Choice of specialty
 Will affect 25(44.6 %) 13(40.6 %) 12(50.0 %) 0.589
 Will not affect 23(41.1 %) 14(43.8 %) 9(18.8 %) 0.788
 Unsure 7(12.5 %) 5(15.6 %) 3(12.5 %) 0.451
Choice of practice in a rural area
 Will affect 36(64.3 %) 25(78.1 %) 11(45.0 %) 0.023
 Will not affect 12(21.4 %) 4(12.5 %) 8(33.3 %) 0.099
 Unsure 8(14.3 %) 3(9.4 %) 5(20.8 %) 1.000
Perceived usefulness of COBES
 Useful 46(82.1 %) 28(87.5 %) 18(75.0 %) 0.298
 Not Useful 10(17.9 %) 4(12.5 %) 6(25.0 %)