Medical Homes and Medical Practice
Differences in Well-being between GPs, Medical Specialists, and Private Physicians: The Role of Psychosocial Factors
Version of Record online: 30 AUG 2011
© Health Research and Educational Trust
Health Services Research
Volume 47, Issue 1pt1, pages 68–85, February 2012
How to Cite
Kuusio, H., Heponiemi, T., Aalto, A.-M., Sinervo, T. and Elovainio, M. (2012), Differences in Well-being between GPs, Medical Specialists, and Private Physicians: The Role of Psychosocial Factors. Health Services Research, 47: 68–85. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01313.x
- Issue online: 12 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 30 AUG 2011
- Finnish Work Environment Fund. Grant Number: 107154
- Academy of Finland. Grant Number: 128002
- Primary care;
- secondary care;
- private health care;
- physician well-being;
- psychosocial factors
To examine the well-being differences among physicians working in different health care sectors and to test whether psychosocial stressors account for these differences. The well-being indicators used were psychological distress, self-rated health, and work ability.
Data Sources/Study Setting
A total of 2,841 randomly selected Finnish physicians (response rate 57 percent) returned the postal questionnaire, of which 2,047 (1,241 women) fulfilled all the participant criteria.
This is a cross-sectional questionnaire study.
General practitioners and medical specialists experienced lower well-being than private physicians and this difference was partly explained by differences in psychosocial stressors.
General practitioners and medical specialists report more problems in well-being than private physicians. It is of particular importance to be aware of the sector-specific difficulties in work environments.