Norwegian general practitioners are more satisfied with the job than foreign colleagues

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Norwegian GPs are more satisfied with the job on average than their foreign colleagues, but are dissatisfied with the workload, according to a new survey.

In the survey, which includes a total of eleven countries, Norwegian GPs score high – and above average compared with foreign general doctors – on both job satisfaction, how the health care system works and on how prepared they are to receive complex patient groups.

Norwegian GPs also score well on good electronic information exchange and routines for communication with other health professionals, reports the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet).

Norway is underperforming the average of the other countries in terms of quality measurement, follow-up of patients, written guidance and contact with patients between consultations, among other things.

Norwegian GPs are also less satisfied with the daily workload. At the same time, 20 per cent of Norwegian GPs say they plan to switch careers over the next three years – twice as many as their foreign counterparts.

The survey was conducted by The Commonwealth Fund – an American foundation – and includes Norway, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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