Job satisfaction and turnover intention among Iraqi doctors - A descriptive cross-sectional multicentre study

Saad Ahmed Ali Jadoo, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid Syed Junid, Ilker Dastan, Ruqiya Subhi Tawfeeq, Mustafa Ali Mustafa, Kurubaran Ganasegeran, Sami Abdo Radman AlDubai

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Background: During the last two decades, the Iraqi human resources for health was exposed to an unprecedented turnover of trained and experienced medical professionals. This study aimed to explore prominent factors affecting turnover intentions among Iraqi doctors. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional multicentre study was carried out among 576 doctors across 20 hospitals in Iraq using multistage sampling technique. Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire, which included socio-demographic information, work characteristics, the 10-item Warr-Cook-Wall job satisfaction scale, and one question on turnover intention. Descriptive and bivariate and multiple logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify significant factors affecting turnover intentions. Results: More than one half of Iraqi doctors (55.2%) were actively seeking alternative employment. Factors associated with turnover intentions among doctors were low job satisfaction score (odds ratio (OR)=0.97; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.95, 0.99), aged 40 years old or less (OR=2.9; 95% CI: 1.74, 4.75), being male (OR=4.2; 95% CI: 2.54, 7.03), being single (OR=5.0; 95% CI: 2.61, 9.75), being threatened (OR=3.5; 95% CI: 1.80, 6.69), internally displaced (OR=3.1; 95% CI: 1.43, 6.57), having a perception of unsafe medical practice (OR=4.1; 95% CI: 1.86, 9.21), working more than 40h per week, (OR=2.3; 95% CI: 1.27, 4.03), disagreement with the way manager handles staff (OR=2.2; 95% CI: 1.19, 4.03), being non-specialist, (OR=3.9, 95% CI: 2.08, 7.13), and being employed in the government sector only (OR=2.0; 95% CI: 1.09, 3.82). Conclusion: The high-turnover intention among Iraqi doctors is significantly associated with working and security conditions. An urgent and effective strategy is required to prevent doctors' exodus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21
JournalHuman Resources for Health
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2015

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Job Satisfaction
job satisfaction
turnover
cross-sectional study
Multicenter Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
confidence
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Iraq
Health Resources
medical practice
human resources
Logistic Models
logistics
Regression Analysis
Demography
manager
staff
regression

Keywords

  • Health human resources migration
  • Iraqi doctors
  • Job satisfaction
  • Turnover intention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Job satisfaction and turnover intention among Iraqi doctors - A descriptive cross-sectional multicentre study. / Ali Jadoo, Saad Ahmed; Syed Junid, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid; Dastan, Ilker; Tawfeeq, Ruqiya Subhi; Mustafa, Mustafa Ali; Ganasegeran, Kurubaran; AlDubai, Sami Abdo Radman.

In: Human Resources for Health, Vol. 13, No. 1, 21, 19.04.2015.

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Ali Jadoo, Saad Ahmed ; Syed Junid, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid ; Dastan, Ilker ; Tawfeeq, Ruqiya Subhi ; Mustafa, Mustafa Ali ; Ganasegeran, Kurubaran ; AlDubai, Sami Abdo Radman. / Job satisfaction and turnover intention among Iraqi doctors - A descriptive cross-sectional multicentre study. In: Human Resources for Health. 2015 ; Vol. 13, No. 1.
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