Award-winning research on the medical profession

An article based on a presentation at an international research symposium in 2014, commissioned by LEFO – The Institute for Studies of the Medical Profession, recently received an award as the best paper on medical professionalism in 2016 by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The award-winning paper Physician Satisfaction and Physician Well-being: Should Anyone Care? is written by Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and vice president for Group of Physician Satisfaction and Care Delivery of the American Medical Association (AMA) and Francis J. Crosson, MD. In the paper the authors discuss the importance of doctors´ health and job satisfaction for the quality of medical work.

The paper was published in a special issue of the journal Professions & Professionalism (1/2015: Professional Satisfaction and the Quality of medical care) with Berit Bringedal, senior researcher at LEFO, as guest editor.

Research symposium resulted in eight original papers and three commentaries
In June 2014 LEFO organized an international symposium on the relationship between doctors professional satisfaction, quality of patient care and the organization of health care. The symposium was financially supported by the Norwegian Research Council, The Norwegian Medical Association, the Norwegian Sickness Compensation Fund for doctors (SOP) and the Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS) at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

Experts from Europe and USA were invited to present different aspects of the themes described above at the symposium, and commissioned to submit parallel articles or commentaries in Professions & Professionalism – see presentation of Bringedal B. Management, satisfaction and medical quality (Tidsskr Nor Legeforen 2015; 135: 971).

Recognition of interdisciplinary cooperation
The award from the American Board of Internal Medicine shows the importance of interdisciplinary and international cooperation in medicine and social sciences in studies on the relationships between doctors´ health and behavior and patient safety and the quality of patient care.

You can read more about the award and the Casalino and Crosson paper in The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association (published May 24 2016):

Kari Ronge
LEFO - Institute for Studies of the Medical Profession