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Table 3 Results of univariate and binary logistic regression for predictors of medical student’s intention to work in rural and remote areas of Ethiopia (N = 784)

From: Medical students’ career choices, preference for placement, and attitudes towards the role of medical instruction in Ethiopia

Predictor variables Intended place OR (95% CI) AOR (95% CI)
Remote/Rural n = 397 Urban n = 387
Gender Female 89 129 1 1
Male 308 258 1.73(1.26, 2.38)* 1.55(1.05, 2.28)*
Age in years >25 177 168 1 1
<=25 219 219 0.95(0.71, 1.26) 0.96(0.68, 1.35)
Place of birth Urban 215 262 1 1
Rural 162 106 1.86(1.37, 2.52)** 1.52(1.03, 2.25)*
Parent education (of father) > = 9th grade 219 250 1 1
<=8th grade 160 117 1.56(1.16, 2.10)* 1.14 (0.77, 1.69)
Year of study Sixth (Final) 145 166 1 1
Fifth (C-II) 251 221 1.3(0.98, 1.73) 1.10 (0.77, 1.55)
Medical school Others 243 283 1 1
AAU 152 100 1.77(1.31, 2.40)** 2.34(1.64, 3.34)**
Desire to serve within the country No 161 198 1 1
Yes 221 172 1.58(1.19, 2.11)** 1.62(1.18, 2.25)*
Intention to leave High 249 263 1 1
Low 119 106 0.84(0.62, 1.15) 0.91(0.64,1.30)
  1. **p < 0.001, *p < 0.05; OR: Odds ratio, AOR: Adjusted odds ratio; CI: confidence interval, AAU: Addis Ababa university