Research Involvement and Job Attitudes among Hospitalists and Inpatient Attending Physicians

4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
5:30 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Contact Name:
Jeremy Meltzer
Physician involvement in research activities may lead to more positive workplace attitudes, which can beneficially influence patient care. Hospitalists and other inpatient attending physicians from 36 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers were surveyed regarding time spent on various activities and in different settings, workload, demographics, and job attitudes. Job attitudes consisted of overall job satisfaction, intention to leave the organization, and burnout. The analysis compared hospitalists and other inpatient attending physicians on extent of research involvement and job attitudes using two-level hierarchical models to account for the nesting of physicians within medical centers. Almost half of the sample reported some level of research involvement and time spent on research involvement was a significant predictor of all three job attitudes. Although hospitalists reported a much lower percent of time spent on research compared to non-hospitalist attendings, the interaction between physician type and research involvement was not significant. In conclusion, expanding opportunities for physician involvement with research may lead to more positive workplace experiences among physicians, which could potentially improve patient care and reduce turnover.