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Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2014 Jan;15(1):46-57. doi: 10.1017/S1463423612000692. Epub 2013 Feb 6.

Factors associated with job satisfaction by Chinese primary care providers.

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1Adjunct Professor of China Center for Health Development Studies, Peking University, Beijing, China.
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3Research Associate of Center for Health Management and Policy, Shangdong University, Jinan, China.
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4Research Associate at Johns Hopkins Primary Care Policy Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.
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5Lecturer of Health Economics, Center for Health Management and Policy, Shangdong University, Jinan, China.
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6Lecturer, Center for Health Management and Policy, Shangdong University, Jinan, China.
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7Professor and Executive Director of China Center for Health Development Studies, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study provides a snapshot of the current state of primary care workforce (PCW) serving China's grassroots communities and examines the factors associated with their job satisfaction.

METHODS:

Data for the study were from the 2011 China Primary Care Workforce Survey, a nationally representative survey that provides the most current assessment of community-based PCW. Outcome measures included 12 items on job satisfaction. Covariates included intrinsic and extrinsic factors associated with job satisfaction. In addition, PCW type (i.e., physicians, nurses, public health, and village doctors) and practice setting (i.e., rural versus urban) were included to identify potential differences due to the type of PCW and practice settings.

RESULTS:

The overall satisfaction level is rather low with only 47.6% of the Chinese PCW reporting either satisfied or very satisfied with their job. PCW are least satisfied with their income level (only 8.6% are either satisfied or very satisfied), benefits (12.8%), and professional development (19.5%). They (particularly village doctors) are also dissatisfied with their workload (37.2%). Lower income and higher workload are the two major contributing factors toward job dissatisfaction.

CONCLUSION:

To improve the general satisfaction level, policymakers must provide better pay and benefits and more opportunities for career development, particularly for village doctors.

PMID:
23388523
DOI:
10.1017/S1463423612000692
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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