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doi: 10.1097/HCM.0000000000000022

Dimensions of Quality Care Affecting Career Satisfaction of Pediatricians

Schmidt, Alex M. MBA; Deshpande, Satish P. PhD

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This study investigated factors impacting career satisfaction among pediatricians. The study used data from the 2008 Health Tracking Physician Survey, conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change. The 2008 Health Tracking Physician Survey data set consisted of 4720 physicians who were members of the American Medical Association. Among the respondents, 427 identified themselves as pediatricians. Results indicated more than 52% of pediatricians were very satisfied with their careers in medicine. Nearly 35% of pediatricians were older than 48 years. Approximately 48% were male, and 67% were of white race. The average respondent worked 45 hours per week in medically related activities. Regression analysis indicated the following had a significant impact on pediatrician career satisfaction: inadequate time with patients, patient noncompliance, and delayed reports from other physicians and facilities. Number of hours worked per week and worry over potential malpractice suits also had a significant impact on career satisfaction of pediatricians.

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