[General practitioners, community physicians and hospital physicians--how different are they?]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1996 Sep 30;116(23):2781-6.
[Article in Norwegian]


In 1993, 9,226 practising physicians in Norway received extensive questionnaires about their health, working and living conditions. In this article we compare municipality employed community physicians (n = 972), general practitioners in private practice (n = 869), and hospital physicians (n = 3,160) with regard to demographic variables and their experience of stress, professional autonomy and job satisfaction. General practitioners report higher job satisfaction and more autonomy than community and hospital physicians, whereas community physicians seem to have a somewhat higher stress level than the two other categories. The experience of general well being, however, is the same in the three groups. General practitioners also spend more time with patients, and are much more satisfied with their income.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional
  • Community Health Services
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Norway
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Physicians* / psychology
  • Physicians, Family* / psychology
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workforce
  • Workload