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Title: Professional satisfaction among Singapore physicians
Authors: Qian, F.
Lim, M.K. 
Keywords: Physicians
Professional satisfaction
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Qian, F., Lim, M.K. (2008). Professional satisfaction among Singapore physicians. Health Policy 85 (3) : 363-371. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objective: This paper reports on a questionnaire survey among Singapore physicians, carried out from November, 2003 to January, 2004 to gauge their professional satisfaction levels. Methods: The survey participants (N = 380) were drawn randomly from both public and private sectors and comprised both general practitioners (GPs) and specialists. Multivariate analysis identified the predictive factors leading to positive or negative responses on selected items. Findings were compared with similar studies in other countries and possible reasons for differences obtained are offered. Results: Our findings indicate the majority of physicians in Singapore are quite satisfied with their autonomy to treat patients (92%) and their relationship with patients (94%), but rather dissatisfied with the amount of leisure time they have (48%) and promotion and career development prospects (38%). Compared to specialists, GPs are more likely to be satisfied with amount of time for each patient (82%), ability to initiate changes in the way work is done in medical practice (73%), and harmony of relationship among colleagues and staff associates (80%). Conclusions: To the best of the authors' knowledge, this study is the first attempt to measure physicians' view on professional satisfaction in Singapore. It could serve as a benchmark which is very useful for policy makers, hospital administrators to better manage physicians. © 2007 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Health Policy
ISSN: 01688510
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2007.09.010
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