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June 1996

Surgeons and Trauma Care: Results of a North American Satisfaction Survey

Author Affiliations

From the School of Nursing, Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (Dr DeKeyser); and INOVA Institute of Research and Education (Dr Sheridan) and Fairfax Regional Trauma Center (Dr Trask), Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va.

Arch Surg. 1996;131(6):627-631. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1996.01430180053008

Objective:  To examine job satisfaction among trauma surgeons.

Design:  Cross-sectional mail survey.

Setting:  Hospital-based trauma care.

Participants:  Trauma surgeons in the United States and Canada.

Main Outcome Measures:  A 20-item Likert satisfaction questionnaire, three open-ended questions, and demographic data.

Results:  Survey respondents were slightly dissatisfied with providing trauma care. The greatest sources of dissatisfaction were extrinsic, such as poor hours, low pay, and interference with a daily schedule. The major sources of satisfaction were personal, such as the challenging and rewarding nature of operative trauma care. Satisfaction was not statistically related to most aspects of the work environment or personal characteristics.

Conclusions:  Survey respondents strongly affirmed that operative trauma care was satisfying and that saving lives was challenging and rewarding. However, 40% of these respondents were seriously considering withdrawing from the trauma call roster.(Arch Surg. 1996;131:627-631)

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