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Physician Life Satisfaction

Most physician satisfaction surveys used by health care organizations ask physicians to rate aspects of the organization.  These “physician satisfaction” surveys are neither about physicians nor about what makes physicians satisfied.

That seems like a backward way of learning how to develop more functional relationships between health care organizations and physicians.  Meanwhile, research demonstrates that much of what affects a physician’s work performance or ability to engage in productive work relationships happens outside of work—in physicians’ personal lives.

Over six years of research in a large health system, a realistic measure of physician satisfaction has been developed and tested for reliability and validity.  The Life of the Physician Satisfaction Scale (LPSS) takes the most important aspects of physicians’ lives into account.  This brief, cost-effective 22-item survey produces reliable measures of physicians’ satisfaction in four areas:

  1. Work Environment
  2. Work Tasks
  3. Work Relationships
  4. Personal Life

Some of the specific items examined in LPSS that might be barriers to physician satisfaction are availability of resources, autonomy over nonmedical workplace decisions, and one’s fit with the organizational climate and culture.

How can physician and health care organizations use LPSS?

  1. Improve the quality of information about what’s working for physicians.
  2. Assess physician satisfaction across departments or to assess the impacts of policy changes.
  3. Identify strategies to foster greater physician satisfaction.
  4. Improve collegiality, retention and recruitment.