[Work context, job satisfaction and suffering in primary health care]

Rev Gaucha Enferm. 2015 Jun;36(2):42-9. doi: 10.1590/1983-1447.2015.02.51128.
[Article in Portuguese]


Objective: To evaluate the work context, job satisfaction and suffering from the perspective of workers in primary health care.

Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted with 242 employees of a municipality of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from May to July 2012. The adopted instruments were the Work Context Assessment Scale (EACT) and the Job Satisfaction and Suffering Indicators Scale (EIPST). Research also included descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.

Results: Organization (91.3%) and work conditions (64%) received the worst scores in terms of context. The indicators of job satisfaction were related to professional achievement (55.8%), freedom of expression (62.4%) and recognition (59.9%). However, 64.5% presented professional exhaustion, which had an inverse association with age and years in the institution (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The workers evaluated their work context as inappropriate and complained of exhaustion, although they claimed their work affords some satisfaction.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Brazil
  • Burnout, Professional / epidemiology
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Community Health Services
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Employment*
  • Fatigue / epidemiology
  • Fatigue / etiology
  • Fatigue / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Pleasure
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult