Job satisfaction among radiology assistants: a multicentre cross-sectional study in Italy

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Maria Rosaria Gualano
Renata Gili
Fabrizio Bert
Giacomo Scaioli
Stefano Cerutti
Giovanni Gatti
Roberta Siliquini

Keywords

Occupational health, job satisfaction, cross-sectional study, survey, radiology

Abstract

Objectives: Job satisfaction among physicians is an important occupational health issue since it is related to different factors such as work motivation or career decisions. The aim of this study was to investigate  job satisfaction among radiology assistants for the first time in Italy. Methods: In 2012, a cross-sectional survey was conducted among a convenience sample of radiology assistants drawn from all Italian regions who submitted an electronic or paper-based self-administered questionnaire. The data collected were analysed using logistic regressions in order to assess the role of socio-demographic variables. Results: Overall, 574 radiology assistants were interviewed. More than half of the subjects were males and  were younger than 40 years old. Around 76% of the sample was not satisfied  as regards salary. Moreover, the majority of the participants (66.1%) was not satisfied  with the professional refresher courses. Compared with males, females were more satisfied in terms of professional enrichment (OR=1.79, 95% CI: 1.23-2.62) but less satisfied with their relationships with superiors (OR=0.57, 95% CI: 0.38-0.85). Conclusions: Since radiology assistants and, in general, healthcare workers assist medical doctors, thus playing a  significant role  in safeguarding patients’ health , it would be  desirable to give  due importance to the issue of job satisfaction,  from all points of view.
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