Clinical activities and satisfaction of general internists, cardiologists, and ophthalmologists

  • Petrozzi M
  • Rosman H
  • Nerenz D
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To define factors that affect the levels of practice satisfaction of different specialties, an observer recorded the activities of 15 physicians in ractice (9 general internists, 3 cardiologists, and 3 ophthalmologists) as they examined 304 clinic patients. General internists reported less satisfaction with their clinics than did the other physicians and attributed their satisfaction primarily to successful social interaction in 54% of visits, while cardiologists most often derived satisfaction from intellectual stimulation (50%) and ophthalmologists from medical success (81%). The general internists whom the authors observed are less satisfied with clinical encounters than are cardiologists and ophthalmologists and derive satisfaction mostly from social interaction, not biomedical aspects of care.

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  • physician satisfaction
  • social interaction

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  • SGR: 0026736575
  • PUI: 251772970
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0026736575
  • ISSN: 0884-8734 (Print)
  • PMID: 1613618


  • Mariana C Petrozzi

  • Howard S Rosman

  • David R Nerenz

  • Mark J Young

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