Organisational commitment, job satisfaction and intention to leave among physicians in the public health sector of Cyprus: A cross-sectional survey

Ioanna Gregoriou, Evridiki Papastavrou, Andreas Charalambous, Eleftheria Economidou, Elpidoforos Soterakis Soteriades, Anastasios Merkouris

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Abstract

Objectives Organisational commitment, job satisfaction and intention to leave constitute important characteristics of health professionals' employment status. Our study aimed at investigating the level of organisational commitment, job satisfaction in association with intention to leave among physicians. Design A cross-sectional study. Setting A survey was conducted using self-administered questionnaires (the Organizational Commitment Questionnaire and the Job Satisfaction Survey) among all physicians working in the public health sector of Cyprus (October 2016-January 2017). Participants Out of 690 physicians working in the public health sector who received an invitation to participate, 511 completed the survey and 9 were excluded. Therefore, 502 physicians were included in the final analysis (response rate 73%). A total of 188 cases were excluded because they were undetermined with respect to their intention to leave and a total of 75 cases were excluded from the regression analysis due to missing values on at least one variable or due to having values considered as outliers. Therefore, a total of 239 physicians (120 men and 119 women) were included in the current analysis. Primary and secondary outcome measures Physicians' intention to leave. Results A considerably large percentage of physicians (72.8%) working in the public hospitals and healthcare centres of Cyprus reported their intention to leave their job. Moreover, the majority of employees in public hospitals (78.4%) intended to leave their job, while only 21.6% of employees in health centres reported an intention to leave (p<0.001). The study also confirmed that organisational commitment and job satisfaction were negatively correlated with intention to leave. In addition, the results of this study demonstrate that certain demographics also influence physicians' intention to leave including age, gender and medical specialisation. Conclusions Certain physicians' demographics, organisational commitment and job satisfaction constitute important parameters influencing physicians' intention to leave their job.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere067527
JournalBMJ Open
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 23 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • epidemiology
  • organisational development
  • public health
  • quality in health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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