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Elina Penttilä, Samuli Hannula, Jura Numminen, Heikki Irjala, Tuomas Selander, Piitu Parmanne & Antti Mäkitie (2021) Satisfaction of young ENT surgeons with their work. A Finnish national study, International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 80:1, DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2021.1925445

Satisfaction of young ENT surgeons with their work : a Finnish national study

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Author: Penttilä, Elina1; Hannula, Samuli2,3,4; Numminen, Jura5;
Organizations: 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Kuopio University Hospital and University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
3PEDEGO Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Medical Research Center Oulu, Finland
5Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland
6Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku, Turku, Finland
7Science Service Center, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
8Finnish Medical Association, Lääkäriliitto, Helsinki, Finland
9Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
10Research Program in Systems Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
11Division of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, Department of Clinical Sciences, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
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Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-06-09


The objective was to investigate work satisfaction among recently graduated otorhinolaryngologist – head and neck surgeons – (ENT surgeons). An electronic questionnaire was sent to all ENT surgeons graduated in Finland during a ten-year period. Answers about work satisfaction were analyzed in detail with regards to age, gender, university of specialist training, experience, place of work and further education. Altogether 125/129 (96.9%) responded. The majority (87.8%) of the respondents enjoyed their current main occupation. The older age group (≥40 vs <40 years) was more satisfied (93.7% vs. 81.7%; p=0.042). Consultation opportunities and workplace atmosphere were reported as good by 85.6% and 90.4% of the respondents, respectively. Training opportunities were considered good by 82.4%, albeit by only 60% of the private physicians (p=0.047). Private sector practitioners were also less satisfied with the versatility of their work (p<0.001). Work at a university hospital was considered more strenuous (p<0.001). Over half (54.8%) felt insecure about continuation of their employment status. Most of the recently graduated Finnish ENT surgeons are satisfied with their current occupation, consultation opportunities and workplace atmosphere. However, work at university hospitals in particular was considered often strenuous and over half of the respondents felt insecure about the continuity of their employment.

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Series: International journal of circumpolar health
ISSN: 1239-9736
ISSN-E: 2242-3982
ISSN-L: 1239-9736
Volume: 80
Issue: 1
Article number: 1925445
DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2021.1925445
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3125 Otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology
Funding: This study was partly supported by a grant from the Finnish Medical Association and Finnish Association of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.