Subjective Workload, Job Satisfaction, and Work-Life-Balance of Physicians and Nurses in a Municipal Hospital in a Rural Area Compared to an Urban University Hospital

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Koerber M, Schmid K, Drexler H, Kiesel J
Journal: Das Gesundheitswesen
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 80
Journal issue: 5
Pages range: 444-452
ISSN: 0941-3790


Abstract

Medical and nursing shortages in rural areas represent a current serious public health problem. The healthcare of the rural population is at risk. This study compares perceived workload, job satisfaction and work-life balance of physicians and nurses at a clinic in a rural area with two clinics of a University hospital. Physicians and nurses were interviewed anonymously with a standardized questionnaire (paper and pencil), including questions on job satisfaction, subjective workload and work-life balance. The response rate was almost 50% in the University hospital as well as in the municipal hospital. 32 physicians and 54 nurses from the University hospital and 18 physicians and 137 nurses from the municipal hospital participated in the survey. Nurses at the University hospital assessed the organization of the daily routine with 94.1% as better than those at the municipal hospital (82.4%, p=0.03). Physicians at the University hospital were able to better implement acquired knowledge at a University clinic with 87.5% than their counterparts at the municipal hospital (55.5%, p=0.02). In contrast to their colleagues at the municipal hospital, only 50% of the physicians at the University hospital subjectively considered their workload as just right (83.3% municipal, p=0.02). 96.9% of the physicians at the University hospital were "daily" or "several times a week" under time pressure (municipal 50%, p<0.01). Nurses of both hospitals had sufficient opportunity to reconcile work and family life (62.9% University hospital, 72.8% Municipal hospital). In contrast, only 20% of the physicians at the University Hospital but 42.9% of the physicians of the municipal hospital had sufficient opportunities to balance workload and family (p=0.13). The return rate of almost 50% can be described as good. Due to the small number of physicians, especially from the municipal hospital, it can be assumed that some interesting differences could not be detected. There were only slight differences between the nurses from the two hospitals. In contrast, subjective workload and stress factors reported by physicians at the University Hospital were significantly higher than those by doctors at the municipal hospital.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Drexler, Hans Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin
Kiesel, Johannes
Lehrstuhl für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin
Schmid, Klaus Prof. Dr.
Medizinische Fakultät


External institutions with authors

St. Anna Krankenhaus


How to cite

APA:
Koerber, M., Schmid, K., Drexler, H., & Kiesel, J. (2018). Subjective Workload, Job Satisfaction, and Work-Life-Balance of Physicians and Nurses in a Municipal Hospital in a Rural Area Compared to an Urban University Hospital. Das Gesundheitswesen, 80(5), 444-452. https://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0042-121596

MLA:
Koerber, Michael, et al. "Subjective Workload, Job Satisfaction, and Work-Life-Balance of Physicians and Nurses in a Municipal Hospital in a Rural Area Compared to an Urban University Hospital." Das Gesundheitswesen 80.5 (2018): 444-452.

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