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Attitudes of final year medical students towards work in rural areas could be a problem for Croatian tourism
  1. Karla Margetic1,
  2. Teo Miric1,
  3. Eric Nham1,
  4. Robert Likic2
  1. 1 University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia
  2. 2 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robert Likic, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb 10000, Croatia; robert.likic{at}

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In Croatia, as in many other countries, the problems of insufficient number and uneven distribution of physicians between urban and rural areas are significant. This is especially evident on the Croatian Adriatic coast and numerous islands. Aforementioned issues are not unique to Croatia and have been identified by the WHO as a worldwide problem.1 With that in mind, in June 2018, we conducted a cross-sectional survey by use of a modified questionnaire developed by Takeda et al on final year medical students of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine assessing their career choices and attitudes towards work in rural areas.2

In total, 280 of 302 medical students completed the survey (response rate 92.72%); female: 180/280 (64.29%) and male: 100/280 (35.71%). While most of our students, 240/280 (74.30%), expressed their interest to …

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  • Contributors KM and TM collected the data, EN analysed the data and critically reviewed the manuscript, and RL critically reviewed the manuscript and coordinated the research activities. All authors took part in writing the manuscript and approved the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval The ethics committee of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine approved the protocol of the study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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