Locum doctors - curse or blessing for hospitals?

Ruiner, Caroline ; Apitzsch, Birgit ; Hagemann, Vera ; Salloch, Sabine ; Edinger-Schons, Laura Marie ; Wilkesmann, Maximiliane

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Employment Studies
Volume: 25
Issue number: 2
Page range: 61-82
Place of publication: Penrith South DC, NSW
Publishing house: International Employment Relations Association, IERA
ISSN: 1039-6993
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Sustainable Business (Edinger-Schons 2015-2022)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Against the background of healthcare reforms in Western European countries, hospitals increasingly engage locum doctors. As independent contractors, they work at the organisational core and are key players in the provision of high-quality healthcare services, making their engagement vital for organisations. Since little is known about locum doctors, and the effects of engaging them at the organisational core, we analyse the work attitudes and behaviours of locum doctors as independent contractors using the example of German hospitals. The analysis is based on a mixed-methods approach combining (1) a qualitative interview study of 21 interviewees, consisting of locum doctors, permanently employed physicians, and hospital representatives to explore the locum doctors' work engagement and to derive testable hypotheses, and (2) an online survey (n = 96) with a between-subjects experiment (group 1 n = 53, group 2 n = 49) as a formal test of the hypotheses. The results indicate that locum doctors are more engaged than permanently employed physicians and have the potential to significantly elevate the organisation's performance.

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