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Human Resources for Health

, 15:36

First Online: 30 May 2017Received: 27 July 2016Accepted: 03 May 2017DOI: 10.1186-s12960-017-0206-3

Cite this article as: Deriba, B.K., Sinke, S.O., Ereso, B.M. et al. Hum Resour Health 2017 15: 36. doi:10.1186-s12960-017-0206-3


BackgroundHuman resources are vital for delivering health services, and health systems cannot function effectively without sufficient numbers of skilled, motivated, and well-supported health workers. Job satisfaction of health workers is important for motivation and efficiency, as higher job satisfaction improves both employee performance and patient satisfaction. Even though several studies have addressed job satisfaction among healthcare professionals in different part of the world, there are relatively few studies on healthcare professionals’ job satisfaction in Ethiopia.

MethodsA facility-based cross-sectional study was conducted among health professionals working in health centers in April 2015 using self-administered structured questionnaires. All 322 health professionals working in 23 randomly selected public health centers were included. Factor scores were computed for the identified items by varimax rotation to represent satisfaction. Multivariate linear regression analysis was performed, and the effect of independent variables on the regression factor score quantified.

ResultsThree hundred eight respondents participated with a response rate of 95.56%. The overall level of job satisfaction was 41.46%. Compensation benefits beta 0.448 95% CI 0.341 to 0.554, recognition by management beta 0.132 95% CI 0.035 to 0.228, and opportunity for development beta 0.123 95% CI 0.020 to 0.226 were associated with job satisfaction. A unit increase in salary and incentives and recognition by management scores resulted in 0.459 95% CI 0.356 to 0.561 and 0.156 95% CI 0.065 to 0.247 unit increases in job satisfaction scores, respectively.

ConclusionsThe overall level of job satisfaction in health professionals was low. Salary and incentives, recognition by management, developmental opportunities, and patient appreciation were strong predictors of job satisfaction.

KeywordsHealth professionals Job satisfaction Satisfaction score Oromia Ethiopia Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12960-017-0206-3 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Autor: Beyazin Kebede Deriba - Shimele Ololo Sinke - Berhane Megersa Ereso - Abebe Sorsa Badacho


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