Social Indicators Research

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 93–101 | Cite as

Determinants of Rural Physicians' Life and Job Satisfaction

  • Marcel Lavanchy
  • Ian Connelly
  • Stefan Grzybowski
  • Alex C. Michalos
  • Jonathan Berkowitz
  • Harvey V. Thommasen


Objective: To identify and quantify factors that contribute to rural physicians' satisfaction with their jobs and life as a whole.Design: Cross-sectional, mailed survey. Study population: Family physicians practicing in rural communities eligible for British Columbia's Northern and Isolation Allowance. Main measures: Demographics, Domain satisfaction, Maslach Burnout Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory, and Life Satisfaction.Results: Stepwise multiple regressions reveal the greatest predicators of rural physician overall life satisfaction are satisfaction with jobs, personal relationships, health, finances, and absence of depression. These predictors account for 70% of the variation in rural physician overall life satisfaction. The greatest predictors of rural physician satisfaction with jobs and satisfaction with current place of residence/practice, on-call shifts, personal accomplishments, and absence of emotional exhaustion. The predictors account for 44% of the variation in rural physician job satisfaction.

job satisfaction life satisfaction physician satisfaction rural health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel Lavanchy
    • 1
  • Ian Connelly
    • 1
  • Stefan Grzybowski
    • 1
  • Alex C. Michalos
    • 2
  • Jonathan Berkowitz
    • 1
  • Harvey V. Thommasen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family Practice, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of British ColumbiaCanada
  2. 2.University of Northern British ColumbiaCanada
  3. 3.University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince George

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