A qualitative study about attrition in medical and other health sciences schools
Introduction: Entering into a medical school is characterized by the start of a stressful period for medical students; however, some of them are not able to manage this period and, thus they decide to withdraw from the school. So, the present study investigated the reasons of attrition among the students of medical and other health sciences schools. Method: By using stratified and randomized sampling, 176 students were selected for participating in this study. The present study was a qualitative study using semi-structured interview. Inductive content analysis method was used for data analysis. Results: Five main themes were developed in the present study including: decreased motivation, family issues, financial problems, psychological problems, and fear of future. Conclusion: Attrition in medical and other health sciences schools is an important issue that should be identified at -risk students at early stages, and be supported to prevent drop out.
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