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Subject: Doctor satisfaction
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: id19-ga
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Posted: 02 Oct 2006 21:39 PDT
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Question ID: 770345
What percentage of doctors are unfulfilled, unhappy, or bored with
their jobs?  what are the top reasons?
Subject: Re: Doctor satisfaction
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 02 Oct 2006 22:25 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Id19, 

According to my research , between 18 and  20 percent of physicians
are dissatisfied with their careers.

?The finding, based on a study of more than 12,000 physicians
representing 33 medical disciplines, found an overwhelming majority of
physicians, more than 70 percent, were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied'
with their careers, and nearly 20 percent were dissatisfied.
Satisfaction levels varied according to specialty, geographic region,
practice type and country of medical education. Published in the July
22 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the study is the first
of its kind to compare levels of career satisfaction across multiple
medical disciplines.?

Age. Dissatisfaction tends to rise with age. 

? Practice Type. Specialists in sole proprietorships showed higher
levels of career dissatisfaction. In addition, more work hours are
associated with higher levels of dissatisfaction.

? Medical Education. Graduates of foreign medical schools indicated
significantly higher levels of career dissatisfaction.

UC Davis Health System


Nearly 18 Percent of Physicians Dissatisfied With Career

?A multi-year physician survey on career fulfillment showed
significant variation in satisfaction levels across local health care
markets, and it found that nationally, 18 percent of physicians were
somewhat or very dissatisfied, according to a study by researchers at
Harvard Medical School and the Center for Studying Health System
Change (HSC) that appears in the Jan. 22 Journal of the American
Medical Association. Overall, the study shows that physician career
satisfaction levels were relatively consistent from year to year, and
a clear majority of physicians nationally are satisfied with their

?The study surveyed more than 12,000 primary care and specialist
physicians in 1997, 1999, and again in 2001. For each of the three
years, roughly 80 percent of primary care and specialist physicians
were somewhat or very satisfied with their careers, and nearly 18
percent were somewhat or very dissatisfied with their careers.?

??the study also found that physician autonomy--including freedom to
make clinical decisions in the best interest of patients, having
enough time with patients, and maintaining continuing relationships
with patients--was more important than income in influencing changes
in physician satisfaction.?

Science Blog


Primary Care Physicians Dissatisfied With Their Earnings

?A recent survey of primary care physicians finds that while most are
satisfied with their careers, they find their compensation to be
inadequate. In fact, only 37.6% say that they would choose primary
care if they had to do it all over again. 28.6% wouldn?t have even
gone into medicine at all. They are struggling to pay the overhead
costs necessary to operate their practices.?


Top complaints: 

?56 percent of physicians cite managed care as first on their list of
professional frustrations.

Nearly 50 percent of physicians point to managed care as a
"significant factor" or the
single most significant factor" in their decision to change their
style of practice.?

?15 percent report Medicare/Medicaid regulations as their primary frustration.? 



?This study finds that the state of physician satisfaction in
Massachusetts is extremely low, with the majority of physicians
dissatisfied with the amount of time they have with individual
patients, their leisure time, and their incentives for high quality.?

Doctor discontent : A comparison of physician satisfaction in
different delivery system settings


?Physicians are dissatisfied with large patient loads, burdened with
administrative tasks, frustrated by reporting requirements, and angry
about losing control of patient care decisions.?



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I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
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