Attitudes and thoughts of medical practitioners towards their profession in the era of financial crisis in Greece


Medical doctors
Occupational relations
Quality of life


Introduction: The ongoing financial crisis occurring in Greece the last 8 years has affected the income of citizens in the country, their quality of life, as well as social and occupational relationships. Aim of this study assess attitudes towards working conditions and personal life and to explore quality of life, positive or negative attitudes, as well as disorders in sleep, mood, physical condition among doctors working or being trained in a tertiary hospital of NE Greece

Methods: Included were 133 medical students and doctors of all ranks (61.7% males) practicing medicine in a University Tertiary Hospital in Greece. All of them answered a 31-item questionnaire regarding their working conditions, daytime activities and personal life, sleeping habits.

Results: In general, the majority reported dissatisfaction with the work environment, the salary and they rated their quality of life worse than that of the general population. Weekly workload exceeded 60 hours for the majority. No difference between sexes was revealed, with the exception of use of energy drinks which was more prevalent in males (70.7% vs. 51%, p=0.022). Comparison between ranks revealed that medical students performed better in everyday activities and socialization, although prevalence of reported fatigue was higher in them. Finally, it was demonstrated that surgeons used more frequently medication to achieve sleep promotion (80.4% vs. 36%, p<0.001) and daily energy (78.4% vs. 44%, p<0.001).

Conclusions: An overall dissatisfaction regarding workload, salary and quality of life is recorded among doctors of a tertiary hospital in Greece, with different coping strategies among subgroups.


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