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Self-rated health among physicians

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Institute of Public Health, Vilnius University
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Institue of Hygiene
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Department of Physiology, Kaunas University of Medicine
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Vilnius Šeškinės Polyclinic
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Medicina 2009, 45(7), 557; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina45070074
Received: 25 August 2008 / Accepted: 3 July 2009 / Published: 8 July 2009
The aim of the study was to analyze self-rated health among physicians depending on their sex, age, workplace (hospital or polyclinic), and specialty.
Material and methods. The studied group consisted of 377 26–70-year-old physicians randomly selected from various county hospitals and polyclinics of Lithuania. There were 85 men and 292 women. The inquiry was performed using the complemented (by the authors of the study) version of the WHO anonymous questionnaire of the quality of life (1995). Responses were evaluated based on physicians’ evaluation of their own health, which was rated as very good, good, satisfactory, poor, and very poor.
Results
. Only 8.2% of males and 5.8% of females evaluated their health as very good (P>0.05). More men, compared to women, evaluated their health as good (62.3% and 53.1%, respectively; P<0.05), whereas more females evaluated their health as satisfactory, compared to males (36.0% and 25.9%, respectively; P<0.05); 2.4% of males and 5.1% of females (p>0.05) stated that their health was poor. In most cases, physicians of different age groups presented equal evaluations of their health except for physicians in the age groups of 26–37 and 38–43 years – those who evaluated their health as very good comprised a significantly higher percentage (P<0.05), compared to other age groups. As expected, a higher percentage of older physicians evaluated their health as satisfactory. In addition to that, more hospital physicians, compared to those working in polyclinics, evaluated their health as good (12.8% and 1.8%, respectively; P<0.05) and vice versa – significantly more physicians working in polyclinics evaluated their health as satisfactory, compared to those working in hospitals (38.1% and 26.8%, respectively; P<0.05). A significantly higher percentage of surgeons, compared to general practitioners or therapists, evaluated their health as very good (15.8%, 4.5%, and 6.1%, respectively; P<0.05) and a significantly lower percentage – as satisfactory (P<0.05).
Conclusions
. Irrespectively of sex, 6.4% of the studied physicians evaluated their health as very good; 55.2%, as good; 33.7%, as satisfactory; 4.7%, as poor; and 0.3%, as very poor. A higher percentage of physicians who evaluated their health as very good or good were 26–37 and 38–43 years of age, whereas more physicians in older age groups evaluated their health as satisfactory. A higher percentage of physicians working in hospital evaluated their health as very good, whereas more physicians who worked in polyclinics evaluated their health as satisfactory. Compared to general practitioners and therapists, surgeons more frequently evaluated their health as very good and significantly less frequently – as satisfactory.
Keywords: self-rated health; physicians; sex; age; hospital; polyclinic self-rated health; physicians; sex; age; hospital; polyclinic
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Baubinas, A.; Gurevičius, R.; Jankauskienė, K.; Sąlyga, J.; Kairys, J.; Jurkštienė, V.; Kėvelaitis, E. Self-rated health among physicians. Medicina 2009, 45, 557.

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