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Table 5 Incentives that will attract fresh graduates to engage in rural optometric practice

From: Factors influencing the decision of GHANAIAN optometry students to practice in rural areas after graduation

Incentives NAA N(%) NRA N(%) SA N(%) MA N(%) VA N(%) MA + VA N(%)
Facilities for professional development 41(12.3) 19(5.7) 34(10.2) 78(23.4) 152(45.6) 230(69.0)
Scholarship for further studies 28(8.4) 15(4.5) 31(9.3) 72(21.6) 181(54.4) 253(76.0)
Better living conditions 30(9.0) 22(6.6) 35(10.5) 65(19.5) 172(51.7) 237(71.2)
Financial incentives 34(10.2) 10(3.0) 28(8.4) 65(19.5) 190(57.1) 255(76.6)
Acceptable standard working place 29(8.7) 21(6.3) 46(13.8) 71(21.3) 158(47.4) 229(68.7)
Outreach interaction between rural and urban health workers 32(9.6) 32(9.6) 63(18.9) 64(19.2) 134(40.2) 198(59.4)
Career ladder jump for rural health workers 26(7.8) 31(9.3) 33(9.9) 70(21.0) 167(50.2) 237(71.2)
Facilities of knowledge exchange to reduce sense of professional isolation 32(9.6) 40(12.0) 58(17.4) 71(21.3) 125(37.5) 196(58.8)
Enhanced profile of rural health workers. 31(9.3) 37(11.1) 60(18.0) 79(23.7) 120(36.0) 199(59.7)
Mandatory community service 58(17.4) 37(11.1) 72(21.6) 71(21.3) 89(26.7) 160(48.0)
  1. NAA Not Attractive at All, NRA Not Really Attractive, SA Slightly Attractive, MA Moderately Attractive, VA Very Attractive