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J R Soc Med. 2008 Dec;101(12):592-7. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.2008.080195.

The views of doctors on their working lives: a qualitative study.

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Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK. isw1@york.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe doctors' views on, and responses to, their professional working lives in the UK National Health Service (NHS).

DESIGN:

Qualitative study using semi structured interviews. Setting Two district hospitals and primary care settings in the North of England.

PARTICIPANTS:

Fifty-two doctors participated in the study--47 worked in hospital and five worked in general practice.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Qualitative information regarding doctors' views on their working lives.

RESULTS:

The study provided insights into the views of their working lives of a sample of doctors in the NHS. Feelings they articulated contained a number of ambivalences. Feelings about the future were coloured by concerns about the impact of regulatory changes and processes of modernization on the experiential knowledge of doctors.

CONCLUSIONS:

These insights into doctors' views of their working lives might usefully inform those involved in the planning and overseeing of changes to health service structures and systems.

PMID:
19092029
PMCID:
PMC2625381
DOI:
10.1258/jrsm.2008.080195
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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