Junior doctors receiving supervisor and peer support are more work-engaged professionals who express their voice for quality improvement

RA Scheepers*, AJ Boxem, MMJ Blezer

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Abstract

Purpose
In daily practice, junior doctors can contribute to quality improvement by providing innovative suggestions for change, referred to as voice behavior. Junior doctors are more likely to engage in voice behavior when they receive sufficient support from supervisors and peers. Such support has also been associated with less burnout and more work engagement. However, whether less burned-out and more work-engaged junior doctors demonstrate more voice behaviors in the face of sufficient supervisor and peer support is unclear. Therefore, we studied whether and how associations of supervisor and peer support with junior doctors’ voice behaviors are mediated by burnout and work engagement.

Materials & methods
Participants were 301 junior doctors that completed a web-based survey including validated questionnaires on supervisor and peer support, burnout, work engagement, and voice behavior.

Results
Supervisor and peer support were associated with lower levels of burnout and higher levels of work engagement. Work engagement, but not burnout, mediated the associations of supervisor and peer support with voice behaviors.

Conclusions
Junior doctors who received more supervisor or peer support were more work-engaged and reported more voice behaviors. Thus, supervisor and peer support should be cultivated to facilitate junior doctors’ roles as work-engaged professionals in quality improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume46
Issue number2
Early online date28 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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