Available online Dec 18, 2019.
[ Original ] Volume 28, Issue 3, 2019, Pages 287-294
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess job satisfaction, health and psychosocial wellbeing of doctors in public
hospitals in Calabar using indepth qualitative method.
METHODS: Two focused group discussions were conducted among male and female resident doctors. Doctors were
selected purposively giving considerations to departments, hierachy and the hospitals. Doctor selection also involved the
three major public hospitals in Calabar and five different departments/specialties. A focus group discussion guide was used
to direct discussion and a digital audio recorder was used to record discussion with permission from participants. A research
assistant also took notes during the sessions. The discussions were transcribed from the audio recorder and compared with
the notes taken. Thematic analysis was done and narratives of the discussion was reported.
RESULTS: Participants expressed general satisfaction with their work. Reasons expressed for job dissatisfaction from some
participants included poor salary, inadaquate tools and consumables, and dissatisfaction with level of training from
consultants. Areas of the work environment in which discussants were most satisfied included opportunities for learning
and career development, appreciation from patients and patients' relatives. Least satisfaction was derived from high level
of mortality in a department, inadequate tools to work with, poor facilities, poor supervision, poor coworkers perception of
their specialities, and inability to rest after calls. Regarding health, discussants suffered headaches, backaches, malaria,
social stress from being away from family, inadequate sleep, and fear of patient assault.
CONCLUSION: Hospial managment could improve doctors' job satisfaction by carrying out regular and adequate
maintenance of hospital facilities and provide ergonomically suitable environment for resident doctors. Clinical team leads
could also improve the opportunities for engagement with their subordinates.
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Volume 28 | Issue 3
Page Nos. 287-294
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