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Table 1 Rotated factor loadinga with Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin measure for each of the 27 items of the questionnaire

From: Becoming a general practitioner - Which factors have most impact on career choice of medical students?

Items Factor I Factor II Factor III Factor IV Factor V Factor VI Factor VII Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin
secure job    0.799      0.783
job with a future    0.710      0.830
flexible working hours 0.453        0.848
regular working hours 0.570        0.896
diversified working day      0.539    0.730
be less on night duty 0.657        0.872
good salary    0.498      0.794
secure income    0.729      0.787
join in research and development     0.790     0.718
deal with various diseases      0.545    0.735
up-to-date with research     0.732     0.766
preventive medicine       0.653   0.788
little physical stress 0.664        0.845
little mental stress 0.735        0.846
long-lasting relationships to patients       0.728   0.682
work in emergency medicine      0.649    0.761
broad medical knowledge      0.650    0.730
a lot of free time 0.641        0.845
separate professional and private life 0.477        0.842
part-time job 0.424        0.824
combine family and job        0.525 0.805
publicly appreciated   0.715       0.872
career goalsb     0.482    0.459 0.750
private goals        0.771 0.708
positive reputation within medicine   0.848       0.788
positive reputation in the media   0.858       0.779
priority in medical training   0.639       0.893
Cronbach's alpha .76 .81 .72 .59 .58 .56 .49  
  1. Factor I 'Work-life balance'; factor II 'Image'; factor III 'Future perspective'; factor IV 'Job-related ambition'; factor V 'Variety in job'; factor VI 'Patient orientation'; factor VII 'Personal ambition'
  2. a Using an exploratory factor analysis; Extraction method: Principal axis factoring; Rotation method: Varimax with Kaiser normalization; Rotation converged in three iterations. Only loadings greater than 0.4 are shown.
  3. b contributes to factor III