Profile differences of medical doctors from three different hospitals in Turkey concerning burnout, job satisfaction, and depression

Sahin B., Musaoglu E., DOĞAN B., Yildirim A., Arslan T., Sahin H.

KLINIK PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY, vol.22, no.2, pp.148-156, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/kpd.2019.73792
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.148-156


Objective: This study aimed to compare job satisfaction, burnout, and depression scores of medical doctors from different regions in Turkey. Method: A cross-sectional study was performed during October 2013 in three cities from Turkey. Participants were asked to self-administer a demographic information questionnaire, the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (Internal work satisfaction-IWS and External work satisfaction-EWS), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), Maslach Emotional Exhaustion Score (MEES), and Maslach Personal Accomplishment Score (MPAS). Results: Mean (+/- SD) Total work satisfaction score was 66.2 +/- 12.6.118 participants had BDI scores of 10 or less while 40 participants had 11 or higher scores. Proportions for poor depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and personal accomplishment were 18.6% (n=29), 5.8% (n=9), and 81.9% (n=127) respectively. There were significant differences concerning some variables between the three cities. Most of the doctors in Sirnak and Hakkari were younger, single, and less experienced compared to the more developed Canakkale (p<0.05). Discussion: In a hierarchical regression analysis, independent of the other factors, MPAS and MEES were predictors of the total job satisfaction score. MPAS and MEES are the most significant independent variables affecting job satisfaction. Decreasing stressors and assuring a motivating and supportive environment may prove to be helpful in the enhancement of job satisfaction.