Factors Predicting Ethiopian Anesthetists' Intention to Leave Their Job

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(Published June, 2018)
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A nationally representative, cross-sectional survey of 251 anesthetists working in Ethiopia public-sector hospitals was conducted in 2014. Respondents were asked whether they planned to leave the job in the next year and what factors they considered important when making decisions to quit. Almost half (n = 120; 47.8%) of anesthetists planned to leave their jobs in the next year, and turnover intentions peaked among those with 2-5 years of experience. Turnover intentions were not associated with the compulsory service obligation. Anesthetists rated salary and opportunities for professional development as the most important factors in decisions to quit. Five predictors of turnover intentions were significant in the multivariable model: younger age, working at a district rather than regional or referral hospital, the perceived importance of living conditions, opportunities for professional development, and conditions at the workplace.


Human resources strategies focused on improving living conditions for anesthetists and expanding professional development opportunities may increase retention. Special attention should be focused on younger anesthetists and those posted at district hospitals.

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Kols A, Kibwana S, Molla Y, Ayalew F, Teshome M, van Roosmalen J, et al. Factors Predicting Ethiopian Anesthetists' Intention to Leave Their Job. World J Surg. 2017.