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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 487-493

Clinical practice satisfaction and quality of life among early-career doctors in Nigeria

1 Department of Pediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Bida, Niger State, Nigeria
2 Departments of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
3 Department of Accident and Emergency, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
4 Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
5 Kebbi Medical Centre, Birni-Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria
6 Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
7 Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
8 Department of Medicine, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
9 Department of Internal Medicine, Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, Katsina State, Nigeria
10 Periodontology and Community Dentistry, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
11 Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
12 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Irrua Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria
13 Department of Psychiatry, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria
14 Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
15 Department of Public Health, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria
16 Department of Orthopedics and Trauma, Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria
17 Departments of Family Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
18 Department of Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, Nguru, Yobe State, Nigeria
19 Departments of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Oladimeji Adebayo
Department of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/NJM.NJM_107_21

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Introduction: Job satisfaction and quality of life (QOL) are critical issues among early-career doctors (ECDs) in Nigeria; however, there is a paucity of data on these two issues. This study explored job satisfaction and QOL among ECDs in Nigeria. Methods: It was a cross-sectional study that used a self-administered questionnaire to collect data on sociodemographic and job satisfaction parameters from 667 ECDs in seven Nigerian tertiary hospitals. The World Health Organisation QOL-BREF tool was used to assess their QoL. Results: Results showed that the ECDs were satisfied with their career choice; however, they were not satisfied in the areas of remuneration, workload, and work environment. Furthermore, QOL was fairly above average, with the lowest scores reported in the environmental domain and only a slight male-to-female difference in the physical domain. Conclusion: Clinical practice dissatisfaction among ECDs could negatively impact healthcare service delivery. Therefore, it is recommended that the quality of the workplace environment and infrastructure in society at large should be improved upon by various stakeholders. This will positively impact the QoL of ECDs and enhance optimal healthcare delivery to the nation's teeming population.

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