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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 112-117

Physicians' job satisfaction and its correlates in a Tertiary Medical Care Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Community Medicine, King Fahad Medical City, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Image, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Medical Intern in King Fahad Medical City, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ahmed A Bahnassy
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, King Fahad Medical City, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, P.O.Box 366325, Riyadh 11393
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.178343

PMID: 30787709

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Objectives: To measure the degree of job satisfaction among physicians working in a Tertiary Care Hospital and to identify background and work environment characteristics that affect overall and differential job satisfaction. Subjects and Methods: This is a cross-sectional study of 340 physicians selected from a Tertiary Care Center using a stratified random sample with proportional allocation using a self-administered questionnaire with the 5-point Likert scale. From the 340 physicians requested to participate in the study, 217 (63.8%) completed the questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used appropriately, including mean ± standard deviation for the quantitative variables, while frequency and percentages were used for the qualitative variables. ANOVA, t-test, and Chi-square were used as necessary to determine if there are any significant relationships between satisfaction scores and the predictor variables. Results: A total of 217 physicians (males 75.6% females 24.4%) completed the questionnaire. Of this total, 52.5% were non-Saudis. The overall perceived satisfaction as measured by one question was 3.42 points out of 5 (68.4%) significantly lower than the overall satisfaction which took in consideration all variables 3.67 points (73.4%). Mean satisfaction scores were significantly negatively related to the number of children (P < 0.001) the physicians had, but positively correlated to stipend, duration of vacation leave, sick leave policy, health coverage for the employee and family, overall benefits package, involvement in academic work, and involvement in research work (P < 0.001). Conclusion: The working environment and policies of an organization play important roles in the satisfaction of its physicians. Boosting physician satisfaction is important for both the success of a Tertiary Care Center and for the high quality services offered to patients.


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