Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 373–376 | Cite as

Professional satisfaction experienced when caring for substance-abusing patients

Faculty and resident physician perspectives
  • Richard Saitz
  • Peter D. Friedmann
  • Lisa M. Sullivan
  • Michael R. Winter
  • Christine Lloyd-Travaglini
  • Mark A. Moskowitz
  • Jeffrey H. Samet
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Abstract

This survey aimed to describe and compare resident and faculty physician satisfaction, attitudes, and practices regarding patients with addictions. Of 144 primary care physicians, 40% used formal screening tools; 24% asked patients’ family history. Physicians were less likely (P<.05) to experience at least a moderate amount of professional satisfaction caring for patients with alcohol (32% of residents, 49% of faculty) or drug (residents 30%, faculty 31%) problems than when managing hypertension (residents 76%, faculty 79%). Interpersonal experience with addictions was common (85% of faculty, 72% of residents) but not associated with attitudes, practices, or satisfaction. Positive attitudes toward addiction treatment (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 4.60; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 1.59 to 13.29), confidence in assessment and intervention (AOR, 2.49; 95% CI, 1.09 to 5.69), and perceived responsibility for addressing substance problems (AOR, 5.59; CI, 2.07 to 15.12) were associated with greater satisfaction. Professional satisfaction caring for patients with substance problems is lower than that for other illnesses. Addressing physician satisfaction may improve care for patients with addictions.

Key Words

physician satisfaction substance abuse resident physicians faculty physicians attitudes screening 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Saitz
    • 1
    • 3
  • Peter D. Friedmann
    • 6
  • Lisa M. Sullivan
    • 2
  • Michael R. Winter
    • 5
  • Christine Lloyd-Travaglini
    • 5
  • Mark A. Moskowitz
    • 1
  • Jeffrey H. Samet
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineBoston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical CenterBoston
  2. 2.the Department of BiostatisticsBoston University School of Public HealthBoston
  3. 3.the Department of EpidemiologyBoston University School of Public HealthBoston
  4. 4.the Department of Social and Behavioral SciencesBoston University School of Public HealthBoston
  5. 5.the Data Coordinating CenterBoston University School of Public HealthBoston
  6. 6.the Division of General Internal MedicineRhode Island Hospital, Brown University School of MedicineProvidence

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