Published: 2021-11-24

Satisfaction with life among MBBS students and resident doctors of a tertiary hospital in South Delhi

Abhay Singh, Neetu Singh, Shivam Dixit, Samarjeet Kaur, Vinoth Gnana Chellaiyan, Jerry Alfred


Background: When doctors are not satisfied with their lives, their dissatisfaction may reflect on their performance at their workplace. The objective was to determine subjective well-being and level of satisfaction among MBBS students and resident doctors.

Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out using stratified random sampling among1st professional year MBBS students and resident doctors of a tertiary care teaching hospital, New Delhi. Satisfaction with life scale (SWLS) was used to evaluate the level of satisfaction with life in the study population. Data was analyzed with SPSS version 21.

Results: It was seen that 76% of1st prof. MBBS Students and 68% of resident doctors were satisfied with their life. The major determining factors of satisfaction with life among 1st prof. MBBS students were ‘choosing MBBS course (72%) and hostel accommodation and food (69%). The major determining factors among the resident doctors were ‘choosing medical profession’(67%), working in a reputed institute (82%) and satisfaction with income (78%).

Conclusions: Though a majority of Students and Doctors were found to be satisfied with their lives around one fourth of students (24%) and one third of doctors (32%) were found not to be. It is important to address the predictors of satisfaction to improve the overall quality of life of doctors and MBBS students.


Satisfaction with life, Resident doctors, Medical students

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