Table 3

Perceptions with regard to aspects of a family physician’s work – Pre-Post-comparisons
Statement Agreement pre Agreement post N p Post increased agreement Post decreased agreement Agreement remained constant
median (mean*) ** median (mean*) ** (Wilcoxon) n (%) n (%) n (%)
The weekly amount of the working time of a family physician is controllable. 2 (2.50) 3 (2.52) 119 0.803 32 (26.9%) 29 (24.4%) 58 (48.7%)
As a family physician it is feasible to organize yourself a good work-life-balance. 3 (2.77) 3 (2.78) 122 0.914 28 (23.0%) 25 (20.5%) 69 (56.6%)
Working as a family physician provides the possibility of long-term doctor-patient relationships. 4 (3.82) 4 (3.95) 132 < 0.001 19 (14.4%) 2 (1.5%) 111 (84.1%)
Working as a family physician provides the possibility to treat complex disease patterns. 3 (3.12) 3 (3.39) 113 < 0.001 40 (35.4%) 14 (12.4%) 59 (52.2%)
There is a broad scope of disease patterns a family physician is faced with in his daily work. 4 (3.50) 4 (3.60) 124 0.086 27 (21.8%) 16 (12.9%) 81 (65.3%)
What do you estimate: what is the average weekly working time of a family physician (in hours)? [mean ± SD] 49.53 ± 6.25 53.48 ± 8.64 127 < 0.001

* presented for better illustration of the pre-post changes.

** unless otherwise indicated.

(Scale from 1 = “do not agree at all” to 4 = “strongly agree”).

Deutsch et al.

Deutsch et al. BMC Family Practice 2013 14:24   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-14-24

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