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REVIEW PROTOCOL: THE IMPACT OF PHYSICIAN WELFARE ON PUBLICLY FUNDED HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS: A META-AGGREGATIVE APPROACH
  • Maria-Nina Williams
Maria-Nina Williams
Lancaster University

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Abstract

Introduction: The impact of healthcare workplace factors on how they affect the welfare of physicians has been studied and discussed quite extensively, but little exists in the literature on how the welfare of physicians impacts upon different aspects of the healthcare system and healthcare delivery. This protocol maps out a systematic plan of a review of the existing literature, adopting a meta-aggregative approach to find, extract, organize and synthesize what evidence exists in the literature, to inform relevant policy decisions. Methods: The main review question is “What is the impact of physicians’ welfare, from the perspective of physicians, on publicly funded healthcare systems?” The approach has been reflected in the choice of methods for this systematic review. Both qualitative studies and the qualitative elements of mixed methodology studies will be included, and the data extracted will be thematically analysed. Processes to ensure methodological rigour and quality assurance have been incorporated into the protocol, which will be piloted and the review itself will be carried out by at least 2 reviewers. Results The results of this review will be published as soon as the review has been completed. Conclusion It is important to document and share review protocols as good practice for transparency of research and to prevent duplication of research efforts.