This paper describes a three-year research project that investigates the concept of occupational satisfaction of health professionals and suggests a method of measuring their level of occupational satisfaction. Additionally, the research examines factors defining occupational satisfaction important to health professionals. This process involves the development of a scale that measures the relative importance of various components of satisfaction, attitudes toward these components, and a weighted Index of Work Satisfaction.
The methodology utilized in the development of this scale in an institutional setting with a sample of nurses is described, along with the transfer of this scale to three categories of health professionals involved in an outpatient setting. Responses from the physicians, nurses, and support staff in the ambulatory setting and responses from the hospital nurses indicate that the scale does measure occupational satisfaction of health professionals both in institutional and noninstitutional settings. Finally, statistical analysis of the original scale is reported and a revised scale is suggested for wider use.