Low Job Satisfaction Seen Among Obstetrician-Gynecologists

More part-time opportunities and less concerns about liability would help

MONDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- The workforce of obstetrician-gynecologists in the United States is facing a future shortage, exacerbated by low levels of job satisfaction, researchers report in the July issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Britta L. Anderson, of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, D.C., and colleagues conducted two surveys of obstetrician-gynecologists, one of 2,000 who were under the age of 50 and another of 2,100 who were over the age of 50. They were surveyed on their career satisfaction and retirement plans.

In the over-50 age group, job satisfaction was greater among women and those who worked part-time versus men and full-time physicians, the investigators found. In both age groups, concerns about life-work balance and liability were negatively associated with job satisfaction. The latter was also cited as a motivation for early retirement, while job satisfaction was cited as a reason for delaying retirement.

"The results of our study give credence to research and policies that aim to increase the satisfaction of dissatisfied physicians to prevent them from retiring early or leaving medicine," the authors write. "The potential dangers of an obstetrician-gynecologist workforce shortage, further legitimized in this study, warrant serious attention to ensure that the accessibility and quality of women's health care is not compromised in the years to come."

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