Greener Journal of Biomedical and Health Sciences

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Getachew et al

Greener Journal of Biomedical and Health Sciences

Vol. 1 (1), pp. 001-013, January 2014.

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Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 102213919


Nurse - Physician Work Relationships and Associated Factors in Public Hospitals inTigray Region, Northern Ethiopia, a Cross Sectional Study


Getachew Gebremedhin*1, T. Birhan Tema2,

Wudneh H.2, Gerezgiher B.3, Haftu B.3


1Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Sheba University College, Mekelle, Ethiopia.

2College of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia.

3College of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia.


Emails: 1guchosole @ yahoo. com, 3haftuber @ yahoo. com


*Corresponding Author’s Email: guchosole @


Background: Excellent working relationship between nurses and physicians is key to create a productive, safe, and satisfying practice environments. The patient and the patient’s family benefit from care delivered by a team practicing within this environment. Decreased risk-adjusted mortality and length of stay, fewer negative patient outcomes, and enhanced patient satisfaction. The aim of this study was to assess Nurse-physician relationships and associated factors in public hospitals in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia.
Methods: Institutional based cross sectional study was carried out from February to March 2011 using both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. A total of 255 nurses was selected using simple random sampling method and key informants for the in-depth interview were selected conveniently from the two-third of the total hospitals in the region. Descriptive statistics, bivariate analysis and multivariable logistic regression analyses were employed to identify factors associated with Nurse-Physician work relationships. 
Result: Result: Forty two percent of the participants were dissatisfied about their relationship with physicians. Greater than half of the nurses were dissatisfied with administrative support in nurse-physician relationships. Autonomy of nurses subscale was found to be positive predictors of the nurse satisfaction with their relation to physicians (AOR=0. 02, [95%CI=0.003,0.066]).
Conclusion: - The study showed that there was poor working relationship between nurses and physicians. Hospital leaders should focus on improving nurse-physician work relationships; team conferences and interdisciplinary round.

Keywords: Nurse-physician, relationships, Job satisfaction, Nurses.

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