Characteristics of doctors transitioning to a non-clinical role in the MABEL study

Vaswani, Nitin, Eyre, Harris, Wang, Wei Chung and Joyce, Catherine 2015, Characteristics of doctors transitioning to a non-clinical role in the MABEL study, Asia Pacific journal of health management, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 33-41.

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Title Characteristics of doctors transitioning to a non-clinical role in the MABEL study
Author(s) Vaswani, Nitin
Eyre, Harris
Wang, Wei ChungORCID iD for Wang, Wei Chung
Joyce, Catherine
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of health management
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 33
End page 41
Total pages 9
Publisher Australasian College of Health Service Management
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2015
Keyword(s) non-clinical
Summary Objective: To investigate the characteristics and satisfaction of medical doctors transitioning from a clinical into an entirely non-clinical role.

Design and setting: Wave 1 to Wave 5 data from 2008- 2012 in the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) longitudinal, populationbased survey were analysed.

Participants: Medical doctors including general practitioners (GPs), specialists, specialists in training (SIT) and hospital non-specialists (HNS). Hospital nonspecialists represent doctors working in a hospital who were not enrolled in a specialty training program. The total number of participants surveyed across the 5 waves was 15,195 doctors.

Main outcome measures: The number of medical doctors making the transition from a clinical role to a nonclinical role from one wave of data to the subsequent wave of data. Individuals who responded 'Yes' to the question 'Are you currently doing any clinical medical work in Australia?' were defined as working in a clinical role. Individuals who stated that they were 'Doing medical work in Australia that is non-clinical' were defined as working in a completely non-clinical role. Each doctor's characteristics while partaking in clinical work prior to making the change to a non-clinical role were noted.

Results: Over 5 years, there were a total of 498 individuals who made the transition from a clinical role to a completely non-clinical role out of a possible 15,195 doctors. Increasing age was the strongest predictor for transition to a non-clinical role. With regards to doctor type, specialists, hospital non-specialists and specialists-in- training were more likely to make the transition to a totally non-clinical role compared to GPs. There was minimal evidence of a relationship between lower job satisfaction and making a transition, and also between higher life satisfaction and making a transition.

Conclusions: Understanding the characteristics of, and reasons for non-clinical career transition are important for workforce training, planning and development.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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