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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1019-1025

Professional satisfaction of family physicians working in primary healthcare centers: A comparison of two Saudi regions

1 Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Health Affairs for Public Health Division; Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Research, Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Health Affairs for Public Health Division, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Najlaa Mandoura
Department of Research, Public Health Division, P.O. Box 8780, Jeddah 21492
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_6_18

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Introduction: As a new healthcare market force and first point of contact, family physicians (FPs) play a key role in healthcare delivery system. It is vital to understand issues that affect performance and satisfaction with their practices and working environment. The objectives of this study are to assess the level of professional satisfaction and to compare and identify the factors potentially associated with professional satisfaction/dissatisfaction among FPs of two regions. Materials and Methods: A comparative cross-sectional study on FPs working in primary healthcare centers under Ministry of Health was conducted in two regions (Jeddah and Eastern region) to assess job satisfaction and dissatisfaction among them. Validated close-ended questionnaire was emailed. Overall satisfaction along with the associated factors was identified. Chi-square and multivariate regression analyses were performed to test the association between job satisfaction and predictors. Results: A total of 237 FPs completed the survey and an overall 62% of them were satisfied. Male doctors were less in number yet more satisfied (71%). FPs of eastern region were slightly more satisfied (63.4%) when compared with 59.2% of Jeddah. Factors significantly associated with professional dissatisfaction included FPs having the opinion that they were not respected by community members [odds ratio (OR) 2.7, confidence interval (CI): 1.24–5.97, P = 0.012] and FPs' own perception of being inferior to other specialties (OR 13.59, CI: 4.98–37.07, P < 0.001). Conclusion: More than half of the FPs were professionally satisfied; however, the majority had perception of being inferior to other specialties. Improving self-esteem, working environment, and addressing other identified factors for dissatisfaction can help FPs overcome their stresses, leading to better healthcare delivery.

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