Table 3 Analysis of recall bias in relation to choice of specialty at baseline final med and follow-up intern surveys

From: Factors influencing specialty choice and the effect of recall bias on findings from Irish medical graduates: a cross-sectional, longitudinal study

  (Intern) Has your specialty changed since you graduated?
Yes No Can’t remember Total
Baseline final med specialty choice = Follow-up intern specialty choice 13 (27)a 99 (82) 2 (50) 114 (66)
Baseline final med specialty choice ≠ Follow-up intern specialty choice 36 (73) 22 (18)a 2 (50) 60 (34)
  49 (100) 121 (100) 4 (100) 174 (100)
  1. ainconsistent results
  2. Note: ‘Undecided’ or ‘unknown’ at both time points excluded