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High occupational stress and low career satisfaction of Korean surgeons.

Kang SH, Boo YJ, Lee JS, Han HJ, Jung CW, Kim CS - J. Korean Med. Sci. (2015)

Bottom Line: Having spouse, having hobby and regular exercise decreased the KOSS score.Most surgeons (82.5%) did not want to recommend their child follow their career.Korean Surgeons have high occupational stress and low level of career satisfaction.

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Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

ABSTRACT
Surgery is a demanding and stressful field in Korea. Occupational stress can adversely affect the quality of care, decrease job satisfaction, and potentially increase medical errors. The aim of this study was to investigate the occupational stress and career satisfaction of Korean surgeons. We have conducted an electronic survey of 621 Korean surgeons for the occupational stress. Sixty-five questions were used to assess practical and personal characteristics and occupational stress using the Korean occupational stress scale (KOSS). The mean KOSS score was 49.31, which was higher than the average of Korean occupational stress (45.86) or that of other specialized professions (46.03). Young age, female gender, long working hours, and frequent night duties were significantly related to the higher KOSS score. Having spouse, having hobby and regular exercise decreased the KOSS score. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that long working hours and regular exercise were the independent factors associated with the KOSS score. Less than 50% of surgeons answered that they would become a surgeon again. Most surgeons (82.5%) did not want to recommend their child follow their career. Korean Surgeons have high occupational stress and low level of career satisfaction.

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Comparison of Korean Occupational Stress Scale (KOSS) score of Korean surgeons with other professions: All categories. *Korean surgeons had significantly higher scores than other specialized jobs (P value < 0.05).
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Figure 1: Comparison of Korean Occupational Stress Scale (KOSS) score of Korean surgeons with other professions: All categories. *Korean surgeons had significantly higher scores than other specialized jobs (P value < 0.05).

Mentions: The mean KOSS score of the survey was 49.31±9.95, which was higher than that of other specialized professions (46.03, P<0.001) or that of the average Korean KOSS score (45.86, P<0.001). Fig. 1 shows the difference of KOSS scores between Korean surgeons and other specialized professionals in Korea. Among the eight subscales of occupational stress, Korean surgeons had significantly higher scores than other specialized jobs in subscales of physical environment (P<0.001), job demand (P<0.001), interpersonal conflict (P<0.001), job insecurity (P=0.001), organizational system (P=0.003) and lack of reward (P<0.001). However, for insufficient job control and occupational climate, Korean surgeons showed lower KOSS compared to other professionals (P<0.001).


High occupational stress and low career satisfaction of Korean surgeons.

Kang SH, Boo YJ, Lee JS, Han HJ, Jung CW, Kim CS - J. Korean Med. Sci. (2015)

Comparison of Korean Occupational Stress Scale (KOSS) score of Korean surgeons with other professions: All categories. *Korean surgeons had significantly higher scores than other specialized jobs (P value < 0.05).
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Figure 1: Comparison of Korean Occupational Stress Scale (KOSS) score of Korean surgeons with other professions: All categories. *Korean surgeons had significantly higher scores than other specialized jobs (P value < 0.05).
Mentions: The mean KOSS score of the survey was 49.31±9.95, which was higher than that of other specialized professions (46.03, P<0.001) or that of the average Korean KOSS score (45.86, P<0.001). Fig. 1 shows the difference of KOSS scores between Korean surgeons and other specialized professionals in Korea. Among the eight subscales of occupational stress, Korean surgeons had significantly higher scores than other specialized jobs in subscales of physical environment (P<0.001), job demand (P<0.001), interpersonal conflict (P<0.001), job insecurity (P=0.001), organizational system (P=0.003) and lack of reward (P<0.001). However, for insufficient job control and occupational climate, Korean surgeons showed lower KOSS compared to other professionals (P<0.001).

Bottom Line: Having spouse, having hobby and regular exercise decreased the KOSS score.Most surgeons (82.5%) did not want to recommend their child follow their career.Korean Surgeons have high occupational stress and low level of career satisfaction.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

ABSTRACT
Surgery is a demanding and stressful field in Korea. Occupational stress can adversely affect the quality of care, decrease job satisfaction, and potentially increase medical errors. The aim of this study was to investigate the occupational stress and career satisfaction of Korean surgeons. We have conducted an electronic survey of 621 Korean surgeons for the occupational stress. Sixty-five questions were used to assess practical and personal characteristics and occupational stress using the Korean occupational stress scale (KOSS). The mean KOSS score was 49.31, which was higher than the average of Korean occupational stress (45.86) or that of other specialized professions (46.03). Young age, female gender, long working hours, and frequent night duties were significantly related to the higher KOSS score. Having spouse, having hobby and regular exercise decreased the KOSS score. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that long working hours and regular exercise were the independent factors associated with the KOSS score. Less than 50% of surgeons answered that they would become a surgeon again. Most surgeons (82.5%) did not want to recommend their child follow their career. Korean Surgeons have high occupational stress and low level of career satisfaction.

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