Job satisfaction of Swiss general practitioners with and without proficiency certificate in homeopathy

Frei-Erb, Martin; von Ammon, Klaus; Spring, Beat; Heri, Matthias; Torchetti, Loredana (21 September 2015). Job satisfaction of Swiss general practitioners with and without proficiency certificate in homeopathy. European journal of integrative medicine, 7(7s), p. 6. Elsevier 10.1016/j.eujim.2015.09.021

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Introduction: Job satisfaction and therefore wellbeing of
physicians is an important issue in high quality and safety of
health care provision. The role of additional qualification in
complementary medicine (CM) for job satisfaction of general
practitioners (GPs), however, has not been explored. This study
compared job satisfaction of conventional and homeopathic
Swiss GPs.
Methods: Participants of the Swiss Family Doctors
Conference 2013 and members of the Swiss Association of
Homeopathic Physicians participated in the survey. They
indicated the extent of job satisfaction on 17 questions covering
patient care, work-related burden, income-prestige, personal
rewards, and professional relations.
Results: Data of n = 125 GPs with homeopathic proficiency
certificate and data of n = 143 GPs without any proficiency certificate
in CM were analyzed. Overall job satisfaction was high
and did not differ between the groups. However, due to lower
number of patients per day, homeopathic GPs reported higher
satisfaction in relations with patients and with workload, and
lower satisfaction with income and in relations with peers compared
to conventional GPs. Controlling for further confounding
variables (e.g. working hours per week, practice setting), homeopathic
GPs reported less satisfaction with their income than
their conventional colleagues.
Conclusions: Longer consultation time and lower number of
patients homeopathic GPs see per day, may allowthem to unfold
a deeper and more satisfying relationship with their patients
and to lessen the workload. However, this comes along with
financial discontent compared to conventional GPs. Certification
in homeopathy and increased consultation time, respectively,
may represent a way to enhance GPs’ job satisfaction.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (IKIM)

UniBE Contributor:

Frei-Erb, Martin, von Ammon, Klaus, Spring, Beat, Heri, Matthias Dominik, Torchetti, Loredana


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Martin Frei-Erb

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13 Oct 2015 16:23

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02 Mar 2023 23:26

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