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Table 3 Mean scores (95 % CI) of factors influencing the decision to retire

From: Motives for early retirement of self-employed GPs in the Netherlands: a comparison of two time periods

  1998-2002 2003-2007 Δ
Male Female Total Male Female Total
(n = 256) (n = 26) (n = 282) (n = 175) (n = 16) (n = 191)
External factors
External control (1–5) 2.63 2.75 2.64 2.62 2.51 2.61 0
  (2.56-2.69) (2.53-2.97) (2.58-2.70) (2.50-2.73) (2.02-3.00) (2.50-2.72)  
Demands from government and health insurers (1–5) 2.351 2.44 2.351 2.111 2.23 2.121 -
  (2.29-2.40) (2.24-2.64) (2.30-2.41) (1.98-2.24) (1.76-2.71) (2.00-2.24)  
Societal developments (1–5) 2.541 2.591 2.551 2.071 1.991 2.061 -
  (2.48-2.60) (2.37-2.82) (2.49-2.61) (1.97-2.17) (1.65-2.33) (1.97-2.16)  
Demands from patients (1–5) 2.561 2.761 2.581 2.261 2.281 2.261 -
  (2.49-2.62) (2.52-3.00) (2.52-2.64) (2.16-2.35) (1.95-2.61) (2.17-2.35)  
Personal reasons        
Career change (1–3) 1.261 1.31 1.271 1.1512 1.382 1.171 -
  (1.21-1.32) (1.12-1.50) (1.22-1.32) (1.10-1.20) (1.01-1.76) (1.12-1.23)  
Health (1–3) 1.571 1.771 1.591 1.311 1.281 1.301 -
  (1.50-1.64) (1.48-2.06) (1.52-1.66) (1.23-1.39) (1.04-1.52) (1.23-1.38)  
Family reasons and time for leisure (1–3) 1.871 1.92 1.871 1.741 1.57 1.721 -
  (1.79-1.94) (1.67-2.17) (1.80-1.95) (1.66-1.82) (1.28-1.87) (1.64-1.81)  
  1. 1 difference between periods (p < .05) (t-test).
  2. 2 difference between men and women (p < .05) (t-test).