Assessing the motivation, expectations and preferences of medical residents

An online survey and focus group sessions to assess the motivation, learn more about expectations, and elicit preferences of medical residents in the fields of general medicine and pediatrics to work in the primary care sector in Vienna, Austria

Stadt Wien Survey

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Christian Böhler

PROJECT TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CENTRE

Katharine Schulmann, Kai Leichsenring

PROJECT PARTNERS

Vienna City Administration, Department 24 - Health Care and Social Welfare Planning (Magistrat der Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 24 - Gesundheits- und Sozialplanung) (Austria)

Vienna Regional Health Insurance Fund (WGKK - Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse) (Austria)

BACKGROUND

Even though the number of current residents in general medicine and paediatrics may be sufficient to cover the demand in primary care in the Vienna region, many residents seem to opt for alternative career paths, potentially leading to shortages in care coverage in the primary care sector in the future.

AIMS

The objective of this study was to learn more about the motivation, expectations and preferences of residents in paediatrics and general medicine in order to understand what drives their career choices, and how to make the primary care sector a more attractive career option.

METHODS

We carried out an online survey and focus group sessions amongst current residents in the fields of general medinine and paediatrics. The survey consisted of closed and open ended questions and allowed ranking and rating of factors that are suspected to drive career choices. Focus groups alloweed discussing, in more detail, the survey results and helped making recommendations as to how primary care could be turned into a more attractive career option.

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

  • Online survey
  • Focus groups

The European Centre for Welfare Policy and Research supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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UN SDG Good Health and Well-Being
UN SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth

FUNDED BY

Vienna Health Fund (Wiener Gesundheitsfonds)

PROJECT DURATION

2018/01 – 2018/06