Physician job satisfaction as a public health issue

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Abstract

In Hirschman's classic formulation, physicians can signal discontent with their conditions of work by "exiting" (leaving the profession or not entering it in the first place) or by giving "voice" to their concerns (e.g. complaining, protesting, bargaining collectively, or conducting work actions and strikes). This Commentary reviews the findings of a survey of Israeli neonatologists by Moshe et al. Survey respondents were satisfied with their careers but not with salary, patient care demands, and leisure time, a pattern that has been seen in other countries, particularly within "small, acute care specialties" (SACS). One question for policymakers is how to help physicians in SACS maintain work-life balance and avoid burnout while providing superb patient care. The Commentary considers several possible solutions while advocating for rigorous and comprehensive monitoring of physician satisfaction over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number51
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 14 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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