Exploring the Factors that Influence the Intentions of Filipino 4 th Year Medical Technology Students to Work Abroad


Authors : Joanne Erica S. Guanzing; Kelda Bethany P. Lajara; Rachel Ann S. Manalo; Jelina Anne Celine M., Marcelo; Daryl Pocholo C. Marquez; Alexa Beatrice S. Martinez; Laarni E. Gloriani

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 5 - May

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Industrialized countries opened the doors to highly skilled health professionals, especially Filipinos. This has now become an important feature of globalized labor market in healthcare. An estimated 2.2 million overseas Filipino workers were recorded based on a survey done in 2019 where 8.5% are working professionals including health professionals, such as nurses and medical technologists. The researchers aim to explore the factors that influence the intentions of Filipino 4th year Medical Technology students to work abroad. These factors can be classified into micro, mesoand macro-levels to better understand the hierarchy of these reasons influencing migration. The researchers employed a descriptive survey design for the study and followed a set inclusion and exclusion criteria for the screening of their participants. The surveys shall be distributed through Google Forms due to the restraints brought about by not being able to meet face-to-face with the participants. This method will ensure safety of the researchers and participants as they will only receive the survey through online means compared to the traditional on-site method. The researchers employed ANOVA in the statistical analysis of the data collection. The data gathered from the online survey resulted in 50% of participants having the intention to work abroad, 32% who do not have the intention, whereas 18% have not decided. This was further correlated with the factors that influenced them to work abroad, which included family influence, income, organizational setting, and political-economic situation views. The factors that were explored in relation to the intentions of the students to work abroad all yielded statistically insignificant results. This means that there is no one factor that stands out amongst the rest. This signifies that the student’s motivation to migrate is prioritized by not only one specific factor, but all are equally important to them

Keywords : Healthcare Workers, Filipino, Medical Technologist, Work Abroad, Migration

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