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Croatian medical journal, Vol.55 No.5 October 2014. -

Aim To investigate the emigration-related attitudes of final

year medical students in Croatia at the dawn of the EU accession

in 2013.

Methods All final-year medical students at four Croatian

medical schools Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, and Osijek were invited

to participate in a cross-sectional survey on emigration

attitudes.

Results Among 260 respondents response rate 61%, 90

students 35% reported readiness for permanent emigration,

expecting better quality of life N = 22, 31%, better

health care organization N = 17, 24%, more professional

challenges N = 10, 14%, or simply to get a job N = 8, 11%,

while the least common expectation were greater earnings

N = 7, 10%. The most common target countries were

Germany N = 36, 40%, USA and Canada N = 15, 17%, and

UK N = 10, 11%. In a multivariate analysis, readiness for

permanent emigration was associated with an interest in

undertaking a temporary training abroad odds ratio OR

6.87; 95% confidence interval CI 2.83-16.72, while the belief

that the preferred specialty could be obtained in Croatia

appeared protective against emigration OR 0.26; 95%

CI 0.12-0.59.

Conclusion Despite shortages of health care workers in

Croatia, the percentage of students with emigration propensity

was rather high. Prevalent negative perception of

the Croatian health care and recent Croatian accession to

the EU pose a threat of losing newly graduated physicians

to EU countries.



Author: Ivana Kolčić - orcid.org-0000-0001-7918-6052 ; Department of Public Health University of Split, School of Medicine, Split, Croa

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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