Interactions with Colleagues and Their Effects on the Satisfaction of Rural Primary Care Physicians

Mary T. Ramsbottom‐Lucier, Mitzi M.S. Johnson, Eugene C. Rich

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Abstract: Physician work satisfaction is related to several aspects of practice organization, including work group or colleagues, job content, work hours, and future opportunities. Practice location is an important determinant of practice organization and personal life satisfaction. This study compared the professional satisfaction of physicians in rural and urban settings to determine how practice setting, practice type, work hours, and interactions with colleagues influenced satisfaction. Surveys focusing on professional satisfaction were mailed to community‐based, primary care physicians in Kentucky. Overall, physicians were satisfied with their practices, with physicians in larger communities being more satisfied than those from smaller communities. Professional satisfaction was associated with practice location, practice type, number of years since graduation from medical school, number of colleagues identified, and the quality of professional interactions with colleagues. The study concluded that collegial support for physicians is important in creating work environments that promote professional satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rural Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1995

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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