Effect of postgraduate training on job and career satisfaction among health-system pharmacists

Padiyara, Rosalyn S.; Komperda, Kathy E.
July 2010
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;7/1/2010, Vol. 67 Issue 13, p1093
Academic Journal
Purpose. The effect of postgraduate training on job and career satisfaction among health-system pharmacists was evaluated. Methods. A mail-based questionnaire was sent to a random sample of pharmacist members of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Previously validated questions for job and career satisfaction among pharmacists were utilized. The questionnaire was designed to obtain information regarding general employment, work environment, job satisfaction, career satisfaction, postgraduate training, and demographic characteristics. Pharmacists who had completed either a pharmacy residency or fellowship were classified as having postgraduate training. Questionnaires returned within two months of the original mailing date were included in the analysis. Responses from pharmacists who were retired, employed in a nonpharmacy career, or unemployed were excluded. Data were analyzed using SPSS software. Results. Of the 2499 questionnaires mailed, 36 were undeliverable; 1058 were completed, yielding a response rate of 43%. Of these, 48 were excluded, resulting in 1010 questionnaires suitable for analysis. Approximately 37% of respondents indicated completion of postgraduate training. The most common practice setting was a community, not-for-profit hospital (40.9%). Overall, 90.7% of respondents indicated they were either satisfied or highly satisfied with their current employment. Approximately 45% of pharmacists with postgraduate training indicated they were highly satisfied with their employment, compared with 32.7% of pharmacists without postgraduate training (p < 0.001). Conclusion. Pharmacists who completed postgraduate training were more satisfied with their job than those who did not complete such training.


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