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VOLUME 47 | NUMBER 1.1 | FEBRUARY 2012


Differences in Well-being between GPs, Medical Specialists, and Private Physicians: The Role of Psychosocial Factors

Keywords: Primary care; secondary care; private health care; physician well-being; psychosocial factors.

Objective: To examine the well-being differences among physicians working in different health care sectors and to test whether psychosocial stressors account for these differences. The well-being indicators used were psychological distress, self-rated health, and work ability.

Data Sources/Study Setting: A total of 2,841 randomly selected Finnish physicians (response rate 57 percent) returned the postal questionnaire, of which 2,047 (1,241 women) fulfilled all the participant criteria.

Study Design: This is a cross-sectional questionnaire study.

Principal Findings: General practitioners and medical specialists experienced lower well-being than private physicians and this difference was partly explained by differences in psychosocial stressors.

Conclusions: General practitioners and medical specialists report more problems in well-being than private physicians. It is of particular importance to be aware of the sector-specific difficulties in work environments.

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