Career preferences of doctors who qualified in the United Kingdom in 1993 compared with those of doctors qualifying in 1974,1977,1980, and 1983.
To report the career preferences of doctors who qualified in the United Kingdom in 1993 and to compare their choices with those of earlier cohorts of qualifiers.
Design-Postal questionnaires with structured questions, including questions about choice of future long term career, were sent to doctors a year after qualification.
Subjects-All medical qualifiers of 1993, comparing their replies with those from earlier studies of the qualifiers of 1974,1977,1980, and 1983.
Main outcome measures-Choice of future long term career and certainty of choice expressed at the end of the first year after qualification.
Questionnaires were sent to 3657 doctors. 2621 (71.7%) replied.
Of the 2621 respondents, 70.5% (1849) stated that their first preference was for a career in hospital practice, 25.8% (677) specified general practice, 1.0% (25) specified public health medicine or community health, 1.4% (36) specified careers outside medicine, and 1.3% (34) did not state a choice.
By contrast, 44.7% (1416/3168) of the doctors in the 1983 cohort had specified that their first preference was general practice.
Among the 1993 qualifiers, general practice was the first career choice of 17.5% of men (22711297) and 34.0% of women (45011324).
Only 7.4% of men (96/1297) stated that they definitely wanted to enter general practice.
Only 7.8% (103/1324) of women qualifiers in 1993 expressed a career preference for surgical specialties. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Carrière professionnelle, Préférence individuelle, Médecine générale, Spécialité médicale, 1993, Enquête par correspondance, Qualification professionnelle, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe, Médecin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Career, Individual preference, Internal medicine, Medical specialty, 1993, Mail inquiry, Professional qualification, Human, United Kingdom, Europe, Physician
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0336788
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 10/04/1997.