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Document Typology: Report
Methodology addressed by the publication:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Title of document: The survey of Lithuanian physicians and medical residents
Name of author(s): Mindaugas Stankūnas, Liudvika Lovkytė1, Žilvinas Padaiga1
Name of publisher: Medicina 2009; 48 (8) 68-74
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Summary:
The aim of this survey was to evaluate intentions of Lithuanian physicians and medical residents to work in the European Union (EU) and other countries. The survey was performed in 2002 in the framework of the project “Health human resource development and planning in Lithuania”, sponsored by Open Society Fund, Lithuania. Using the questionnaire developed by the Ministry of Labor and Solidarity of France, 242 medical residents and 497 physicians were surveyed. Survey results indicated that 60.7% of medical residents and 26.0% of physicians intended to leave for the EU or other countries. The survey also showed that the first-choice countries were United Kingdom, Germany and the Nordic countries. Almost 15.0% of medical residents and 5.0% of physicians planed to leave for the EU on permanent basis. The largest part of those who intended to leave for the EU, planned to go there after accession. It was a definitive decision of 2.5% of medical residents and 3.8% of physicians. The major reasons for leaving were higher salary, better professional possibilities and better quality of life. For medical residents a previous visit abroad for professional reasons increased the risk of working abroad significantly (OR–3.29, 95% CI 1.73–6.27). In the case of physicians, age was the factor that significantly decreased the risk (OR–0.94, 95% CI 0.91–0.96); however having friends abroad increased the risk by more than three times (OR–3.22, 95% CI 1.91–5.42). In order to observe the possible migration to the EU or other countries, the survey should be repeated every three-four years.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Ongoing transformation in Lithuanian district hospitals have a negative impact on carer work and their social interests.
saving money in the easiest way:carers are sacked, forced to unpaid vacation.
That results in increasing the workload, exhaust mood and declining spirit does not guarantee safety in patient care.
Small salaries and often belated, large workloads.Almost 15.0% of medical residents and 5.0% of physicians planed to leave for the EU on permanent basis. The largest part of those who intended to leave for the EU, planned to go there after accession. It was a definitive decision of 2.5% of medical residents and 3.8% of physicians. The major reasons for leaving were higher salary, better professional possibilities and better quality of life. For medical residents a previous visit abroad for professional reasons increased the risk of working abroad significantly (OR-3.29, 95% CI 1.73-6.27). In the case of physicians, age was the factor that significantly decreased the risk (OR-0.94, 95% CI 0.91-0.96); however having friends abroad increased the risk by more than three times (OR-3.22, 95% CI 1.91-5.42). In order to observe the possible migration to the EU or other countries, the survey should be repeated every three-four years.
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