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November 15, 1985

Health Status, Job Satisfaction, Job Stress, and Life Satisfaction Among Academic and Clinical Faculty

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Linn, Cope, and Leake) and Psychiatry (Dr Yager) and the School of Public Health (Dr Linn), UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1985;254(19):2775-2782. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360190081029

The present study compares academic and clinical faculty affiliated with a major teaching hospital in terms of work characteristics, job stress, conflict between work and personal life, job and life satisfaction, and perceived health. There were no significant differences between the two physician groups on job satisfaction, total stress, anxiety, or depression scores. However, academic faculty reported working longer hours, taking less vacation time, and spending more time in research and teaching, but seeing fewer outpatients. Academic physicians experienced more conflict between work and personal life, were burdened by a variety of time pressures, and were less satisfied with their finances, but experienced fewer recent episodes of physical illness than clinical faculty. However, compared with what is known about the general population, both physician samples seemed equally or more satisfied with their health and their lives.

(JAMA 1985;254:2775-2782