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Table 2 Results of Principal Components Analysis and descriptive statistics of items used to assess dependent variables (N = 129)

From: Predictors of medical student interest in Indigenous health learning and clinical practice: a Canadian case study

  Component Loading b Mean out of 4
(SD)
Strongly disagree N(%) Somewhat disagree N(%) Somewhat agree N(%) Strongly agree N(%) I don’t know N(%)
Perceived importance of Indigenous content in curricula (α = 0.805) a   3.48 (0.63)      
Conventional (i.e. western) physicians should be aware of traditional medicine(s) that their patients may be using. 0.694 3.65 (0.638) 3 (2.3) 2 (1.6) 31 (24.0) 89 (69.0) 4 (3.1)
It is valuable to me as a physician/in-training to be educated on social issues concerning Aboriginal peoples. 0.884 3.52 (0.768) 5 (3.9) 6 (4.7) 33 (25.6) 81 (62.8) 4 (3.1)
It is valuable to me as a physician/in-training to be educated on the health issues concerning Aboriginal peoples 0.877 3.60 (0.718) 4 (3.1) 5 (3.9) 29 (22.5) 88 (68.2) 3 (2.3)
The clinical curriculum should incorporate a rotation in an Aboriginal community 0.630 3.16 (0.974) 12 (9.3) 12 (9.3) 40 (31.0) 55 (42.6) 10 (7.8)
Interest in working in an Indigenous community
 I would consider working in a First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit community N/A 2.68 (1.11) 21 (16.3) 18 (14.0) 32 (24.8) 28(21.7) 30 (23.3)
  1. a Cronbach’s alpha for the subscale
  2. b Component loadings < 0.4 suppressed