Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate job satisfaction and quality of life levels of physicians working in primary health care institutions in Sivas, as well as other factors affecting them.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study included 135 (100%) physicians working in the Provincial Health Directorate (PHD), Community Health Center (CHC), and 29 Family Health Centers (FHC) between June 2018 and August 2018. The sociodemographic data form was prepared using the literature, and the Minnesota Job Satisfaction Scale (MJSS) and the World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL-8) were applied. Students t-test, analysis of variance, Pearsons chi-squared test, Fishers exact test, and Pearsons correlation analysis were used in the analysis of the study data. A p-value <0.05 was accepted as statistically significant.
Results: Most physicians (73.3%) expressed the medium level of job satisfaction, and their quality of life was good (63%). There was no difference between the FHC physicians and CHC/PHD physicians job satisfaction and quality of life levels (p>0.05). While job satisfaction and quality of life were lower in those who frequently thought about quitting their job and those who experienced violence within the past year (p<0.05), it was higher in those who would be physicians if they were to choose their profession again and who were satisfied with the family medicine system (p<0.05). As the job satisfaction of physicians increased, the quality of life also increased (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Health policies should be developed and implemented to correct the factors affecting physicians job satisfaction negatively, especially with regard to violence against physicians.