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Table 3 Medical students’ responses to the questionnaire item ‘Factors influencing decision’ when considering a career in psychiatry

From: Enrichment activities in the medical school psychiatry programme – could this be a key to engaging medical students in psychiatry? A study from a high secure forensic psychiatric UK hospital

  Definitely not Less likely Might/might not More likely Definitely yes
n = 40 (%) n = 81 (%) n = 85 (%) n = 33 (%) n = 15 (%)
Clinical attachment experience 27 (68) 60 (74) 79 (93) 31 (94) 11 (73)
Experience outside of medical school 7 (18) 14 (17) 32 (38) 15 (45) 9 (60)
Public perception of psychiatry 10 (25) 10 (12) 24 (28) 17 (51) 5 (33)
Perception of psychiatry within medicine 12 (30) 22 (27) 37 (44) 15 (45) 4 (27)
Perceived lack of evidence base 10 (25) 21 (26) 17 (20) 4 (12) 2 (13)
Patient prognosis 20 (50) 42 (52) 40 (47) 13 (39) 2 (13)
Career opportunities 16 (40) 18 (22) 41 (48) 19 (58) 12 (80)
Other 8 (20) 13 (16) 7 (8) 7 (21) 5 (33)