Job Satisfaction among Polish Primary Care Physicians: Results from the Physicians' Health Study

By Katarzyna Lewtak, Anna Poznańska and Mirosław J. Wysocki.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies

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Job satisfaction comprises positive attitudes held by an individual in respect to a work. Job satisfaction of physicians is closely related to the perception of their professional role and thus their place in the health care system. Work satisfaction among physicians is very important issue for physicians themselves, for medical associations and general public because it is associated with physician well-being and health, physician turnover, and with patient satisfaction and quality of medical care in general. The survey was conducted to investigate the level of physicians’ work satisfaction with their current professional context (general work satisfaction) as well as satisfaction with particular aspects of work, taking into account socio-demographic and professional factors and also to assess which aspects of the physician’s work have a statistically significant effect on the general level of work satisfaction. 800 respondents received 17-item questionnaire that measured five facets of work satisfaction. 520 completed questionnaires were returned, resulting in response rate of 65%. In general, physicians were more satisfied with the following aspects of their current work situation: patient care, professional relations and personal rewards. The lowest satisfaction scores were found for work-related burden and work-related income and prestige of the profession. The relationship of the various dimensions of job satisfaction were also explored across socio-demographic and job characteristics of the surveyed physicians. Physician career satisfaction appears to be a complex function of a number of variables and has multiple dimensions.

Keywords: Physician, Job Satisfaction, Attitudes toward Work

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.25-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 667.328KB).

Katarzyna Lewtak

MD Doctoral Student, Health Promotion and Postgraduate Education, National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland

Katarzyna Lewtak is an MD doctoral student in the field of public health. She has been working in the Department of Social Communication of the National Institute of Public Health–National Institute of Hygiene in Warsaw, Poland, since 2009. She specializes in public health and is particularly interested in the health of health care providers. Her major research theme is physicians’ health behaviors.

Anna Poznańska

Centre of Monitoring and Analysis of Population Health, National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland

Anna Poznańska has a M.Sc. in physics and a Ph.D. in medicinal biology. She has been working in the Department–Centre of Monitoring and Analysis of Population Health of the National Institute of Public Health–National Institute of Hygiene in Warsaw (Poland) since 1998. She carries out population studies concerning mortality of various social groups and the influence of physical activity on longevity.

Mirosław J. Wysocki

Director General of National Institute of Public Health - National Institute of Hygiene, Department of Health Promotion and Postgraduate Education, National Institute of Public Health - National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland, National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland

Mirosław J. Wysocki is the director of the National Institute of Public Health–National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH-NIH) in Warsaw, Poland and is the 1988-2000 Regional Advisor on Health Situation and Trends Assessment for WHO/SEARO in New Delhi, India. Since 2010, Wysocki has been a member of the RC WHO/EURO Standing Committee. During Polish EU Presidency (2011), Wysocki chairs Senior Level Public Health Working Group of EC Research and publications mainly in the area of public health and NCD’s epidemiology.