Managed Healthcare: Doctor Life Satisfaction and Its Impact on the Process of Communicating With the Patient

Managed Healthcare: Doctor Life Satisfaction and Its Impact on the Process of Communicating With the Patient

Anna Rosiek (Ross-Medica, Poland) and Aleksandra Rosiek-Kryszewska (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3946-9.ch013


Satisfaction with life is very important for a doctor, as it affect his clinical practice. The aim of this chapter is to analyze doctor satisfaction with life, its influence on the communication process and the doctor's daily job activities. Data was collected from a group of 40 doctors from the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship surgical ward and the non-surgical division. The satisfaction with life depends on the gender of the doctor (p < 0.05). The life satisfaction results, remained statistically significant, based on the average correlation value to the communication process with the patients (p < 0.05). A higher level of life satisfaction was observed in the group of doctors from non-surgical wards.
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Life satisfaction is of great importance for a doctor, as it influences clinical practice. It affects the mental hygiene, general physical well-being, social relationships and raises or lowers the quality of their occupational activities (Surman, 2015). Satisfaction with life remains in correlation with positive emotions, such as happiness or sense of knowing own place in the world (Yoshiaki, 2015; Coomber, 2007): the concept of oneself, acceptance of own limitations and values are all affecting the general concept of life satisfaction. Both the overall life satisfaction and satisfaction with such an important element like the occupational activity may be an important psychosocial resource, significantly conditioning the quality of occupational duties. Since work is an important part of our lives, it must be rewarding and give the opportunities for development (Bhatnagar, 2012). In literature you can rarely find anything about the relationship between the doctor’s overall satisfaction with life and performed activities, like the process of communicating with the patient.

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