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Factors identified with higher levels of career satisfaction of physicians in Andalusia, Spain

Juan Nicolás Peña-Sánchez, Rein Lepnurm, José Miguel Morales-Asencio, Ana Delgado, Alicja Domagała, Maciej Górkiewicz
  • Juan Nicolás Peña-Sánchez
    School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada | juan.nicolas.ps@usask.ca
  • Rein Lepnurm
    School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • José Miguel Morales-Asencio
    School of Health Sciences, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Ana Delgado
    Andalusian School of Public Health, Granada, Spain
  • Alicja Domagała
    Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • Maciej Górkiewicz
    Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Abstract

The satisfaction of physicians is a world-wide issue linked with the quality of health services; their satisfaction needs to be studied from a multi-dimensional perspective, considering lower- and higher-order needs. The objectives of this study were to: i) measure the career satisfaction of physicians; ii) identify differences in the dimensions of career satisfaction; and iii) test factors that affect higher- and lower-order needs of satisfaction among physicians working in Andalusian hospitals (Spain). Forty-one percent of 299 eligible physicians participated in a study conducted in six selected hospitals. Physicians reported higher professional, inherent, and performance satisfaction than personal satisfaction. Foreign physicians reported higher levels of personal and performance satisfaction than local physicians, and those who received non-monetary incentives had higher professional and performance satisfaction. In conclusion, physicians in the selected Andalusian hospitals reported low levels of personal satisfaction. Non-monetary incentives were more relevant to influence their career satisfaction. Further investigations are recommended to study differences in the career satisfaction between foreign and local physicians.

Keywords

physicians, career satisfaction, dimensions, motivational factors, Andalusia

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