Reducing health inequalities: predictors of social and community involvement among physicians in israel: Keren Dopelt Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • About 37% of the Physicians reported that they were involved in community programs. Physicians who are Israeli born, working in the periphery, working in primary health care, active in professional positions conducting research, and those who hold the perceptions regarding the role of the physician to work towards the reduction of health disparities are more likely to be socially involved (C-statistic = 0.72, p < 0.001). Moreover, the perceptions regarding the role of the physician to work towards the reduction of health disparities partially mediate the relationship between medical school social orientation and physicians' social involvement. The relationship between the orientation during studies and the social involvement of the physician is reinforced when the physician maintains the attitude that it is his/her role to work towards the reduction of health disparities, an attitude that by itself is influenced by a social orientation of his/her studies.

publication date

  • October 1, 2013