In recent years, hospitals and payers have increased their efforts to improve the quality of patient care by encouraging provider adherence to evidence-based practices. Although the individual provider is certainly essential in the delivery of appropriate care, a team perspective is important when examining variation in quality. In the present study, the authors modeled the relationship between a measure of aggregate job satisfaction for members of primary care teams and objective measures of quality based on process indicators and intermediate outcomes. Multilevel analyses indicated that aggregate job satisfaction ratings were associated with higher values on both types of quality measures. Team-level job satisfaction ratings are a potentially important marker for the effectiveness of primary care teams in managing patient care.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Primary care teams' job satisfaction is an important issue in quality of care. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the job satisfaction of general practitioners (GPs) and non-physician staff and to explore the elements that may impact on overall job satisfaction for GPs and non-physician staff separately.
The study was based on data from the European Practice Assessment and used an observational design. Job satisfaction was measured with the 10-items Warr-Cook-Wall questionnaire with 7-point-Likert scales. Job satisfaction of GPs and non-physician staff was compared and impact on overall job satisfaction was analysed with stepwise linear regression analyses for both samples separately.
The study population consisted of 2878 non-physician staff (mean age: 38 years) and 676 GPs (mean age: 50 years). The actual mean working time per week of GPs was 50.0 hours and of practice staff 26.0 hours. Both were satisfied with colleagues and fellow workers (mean = 5.99 and mean = 6.18 respectively) and mostly dissatisfied with their income (mean = 4.40 and mean = 4.79 respectively). For GPs the opportunity to use their abilities (β = 0.638) and for non-physician staff recognition for their work (β = 0.691) showed the highest scores of explained variance (R² = 0.406 and R² = 0.477 respectively) regarding overall job satisfaction.
Non-physician staff evaluate their job satisfaction higher than GPs except recognition for work. Job satisfaction of members of primary care teams is important because poor satisfaction is associated with suboptimal healthcare delivery, poor clinical outcomes and higher turnover of staff.
BMC Family Practice 12/2011; 12(1):137. DOI:10.1186/1471-2296-12-137 · 1.67 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Research conducted by physicians generates knowledge and has led to important advances and changes in the health care system. Physician retention is a concern facing many health care systems, and job satisfaction and attitudes play a role in retention. This study examined whether physicians who are involved with research have greater job satisfaction and more positive job characteristics perceptions.
Cross-sectional analysis examined this research question using a sample of 7,734 physicians across 135 medical centers in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2008. Using existing survey results, ratings on job characteristics (job autonomy, skill development opportunities, work and family balance, and performance feedback) and job satisfaction were regressed on research involvement in a multilevel hierarchical generalized linear model. The model controlled for physician-level characteristics and organization-level characteristics related to research activities.
Analyses revealed that physicians who spent part of their time involved with research activities were more likely to report favorable job characteristics ratings. Physicians involved with research were also more likely to be satisfied with their job. Physicians who worked in medical centers with greater levels of research funding were more likely to report favorable ratings for job characteristics and job satisfaction.
Involvement with research was associated with more favorable job characteristics and job satisfaction perceptions among physicians in VA. Although there is a time and opportunity cost involved with research, medical centers that provide physicians with the opportunity to conduct research may have a more satisfied workforce.
Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 06/2011; 86(8):938-45. DOI:10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182223b76 · 2.93 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Asthma is responsible for significant healthcare costs in the United States. Although advances in pharmacology and environmental science have provided many opportunities to improve asthma control, asthma remains a major cause of missed school days, acute care visits, and hospitalizations. Patient education is a key component of asthma care. The National Asthma Educator Certification Board was established in February 2000 and charged with the mission of "promoting optimal asthma management and quality of life for individuals with asthma, their families and communities by advancing excellence in asthma education through the certified asthma educator process." This study was performed to describe the workforce of certified asthma educators (AE-Cs®) by surveying a sample of educators who completed the recertification process. AE-Cs® who had completed the recertification process were invited to participate in an anonymous online survey. Sixty five of 135 (48%) recertificants completed the survey. The primary training of respondents was in respiratory therapy (51.6%) and nursing (42.2%). Respondents were primarily female (92.3%) and Caucasian (95.4%). The majority worked in specialty care outpatient (59.3%) or hospital inpatient (40.7%) settings. Twenty percent reported an increase in job responsibilities as a result of achieving their initial certification as an AE-C®. Most AE-Cs® have their basic training in either respiratory therapy or nursing. The workforce of AE-Cs® does not reflect the racial or ethnic percentages seen in the asthma population in the United States. More educators are needed to serve the growing numbers of individuals with asthma. Achievement of certification as an AE-C® resulted in additional job responsibilities in 20% of survey respondents.
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