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Table 4 Issue priorities (N = 240)

From: The future of physician advocacy: a survey of U.S. medical students

Outside provision of direct patient care, how important is it that physicians, individually or collectively, advocate for: Very Important
N(%)
Somewhat Important
N(%)
Not Important
N(%)
Mean Standard deviation Variance
Medical Issues     2.74 .3744 .1401
 Drug addiction and treatment 200 (83.3) 36 (15.0) 4 (1.7) 2.82 .4287 .1838
 Healthcare coverage for the uninsured 195 (81.3) 39 (16.3) 6 (2.5) 2.79 .4672 .2183
 Nutrition, obesity, and food safety 194 (80.8) 42 (17.5) 4 (1.7) 2.79 .4462 .1991
 Healthcare costs 186 (77.5) 49 (20.4) 5 (2.1) 2.65 .4775 .2280
 Abortion laws and reproductive issues 181 (75.4) 49 (20.4) 10 (4.2) 2.71 .5379 .2894
 Disability rights 166 (69.2) 62 (25.8) 12 (5.0) 2.64 .5756 .3313
 Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security 165 (68.8) 66 (27.5) 9 (3.8) 2.65 .5511 .3038
Social Issues    2.35 .5350 .2863
 Human rights 167 (69.6) 59 (24.6) 14 (5.8) 2.64 .5909 .3492
 Education 163 (67.9) 68 (28.3) 9 (3.8) 2.64 .5534 .3062
 Racial issues 149 (62.1) 64 (26.7) 27 (11.3) 2.51 .6906 .4769
 Housing and homelessness 138 (57.5) 81 (33.8) 21 (8.8) 2.49 .6532 .4266
 LGBTQ issues 132 (55.0) 75 (31.3) 33 (13.8) 2.41 .7208 .5195
 Environmental issues 113 (47.1) 96 (40.0) 31 (12.9) 2.34 .6966 .4853
 Immigration 103 (42.9) 93 (38.8) 44 (18.3) 2.25 .7446 .5544
 Economic issues 102 (42.5) 100 (41.7) 38 (15.8) 2.27 .7172 .5144
 Crime and criminal justice 95 (39.6) 104 (43.3) 41 (17.1) 2.23 .7199 .5182
 Transportation 86 (35.8) 117 (48.8) 37 (15.4) 2.20 .6876 .4728
 Military and national security issues 52 (21.7) 115 (47.9) 73 (30.4) 1.91 .7179 .5153
Overall 2.50 .4444 .1975