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Job satisfaction among Australian general practitioners and specialists

Joyce, Catherine and Wang, Wei Chun 2015, Job satisfaction among Australian general practitioners and specialists, Journal of health services research & policy, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 224-230.

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Title Job satisfaction among Australian general practitioners and specialists
Author(s) Joyce, Catherine
Wang, Wei ChunORCID iD for Wang, Wei Chun orcid.org/0000-0003-4287-1704
Journal name Journal of health services research & policy
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 224
End page 230
Total pages 7
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-10
ISSN 1355-8196
1758-1060
Keyword(s) Australia
doctors
job satisfaction
workforce
Summary OBJECTIVE:
To identify patterns of job satisfaction among Australian doctors using latent class analysis, and to determine the relationships of these patterns to personal and professional characteristics so as to improve satisfaction and minimize medical wastage.
METHODS:
MABEL (Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life) data in 2011 were used. The study collected information on 5764 doctors about their job satisfaction, demographic characteristics, their health, country of medical training, opportunities for professional development and social interaction, taking time off work, views of patients' expectations, unpredictable working hours, hours worked per week, preference to reduce hours and intention to leave the medical workforce.
RESULTS:
Four latent classes of job satisfaction were identified: 5.8% had high job satisfaction; 19.4% had low satisfaction with working hours; 16.1% had high satisfaction with working hours but felt undervalued; and 6.5% had low job satisfaction. Low job satisfaction was associated with reporting poor health, having trained outside Australia, having poor opportunities for professional development and working longer hours. Low satisfaction was associated with a preference to reduce work hours and an intention to leave the medical workforce.
CONCLUSION:
To improve job satisfaction and minimize medical wastage, policies need to address needs of overseas trained doctors, provide continuing professional development and provide good health care for doctors.
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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