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Tex Med. 1993 Feb;89(2):54-61.

Work satisfaction in the lives of physicians.

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  • 1Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital, Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation, Dallas, Tex 75227.


In a climate that many practitioners find increasingly oppressive, data suggesting the most and least satisfying aspects of medical practice are important. In a joint effort, the Dallas County Medical Society, Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital, and Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation explored levels of work satisfaction for their relationships with marital satisfaction and psychiatric symptoms as reported by physicians and dentists and their spouses. Most physicians and dentists rate various aspects of direct patient care and service to humanity as highly satisfying aspects of professional life. Physicians highly satisfied with their work are more likely to report high satisfaction in their marriages and fewer psychiatric symptoms. Most spouses of physicians report high levels of marital satisfaction, and high agreement exists between the marital satisfaction ratings of physicians and their spouses. Physicians and dentists are quite similar on the wide range of professional and personal variables surveyed.

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