BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Sep 9;23(1):976. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-10005-9.
BACKGROUND: Good attitude towards to time management is the backbone to bring a change at individual and organizational levels in different sectors across the globe. But it has been ignored by different institutions, particularly in low and middle-income countries including Ethiopia. However, this can be alleviated if there are punctual, committed, and accessible health professionals that could translate the national aspirations and the desire of the community into reality. This study aims to determine the magnitude and associated factors of attitude towards time management among health professionals working in public hospitals of Dessie City, Northeast Ethiopia, METHODS: Institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted from March 24 -April 24, 2021 among 409 health professionals using a stratified sampling technique, Frequency and percentage were used to describe the study population. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to identify independent predictors. A p-value of < 0.05 with 95% CI were used to declare statistically significant associations.
RESULTS: The overall good time management attitude among sample was 67%(95%CI:66.77-67.22%). Satisfaction with organizational policy and strategy (AOR: 2.69, 95%CI: 1.42-5.09), satisfaction with supervisor support (AOR: 2.12, 95% CI: 1.19-3.77), and managers’ good attitude towards time management (AOR: 2.00, 95%CI: 1.23-3.25) were significantly associated with good attitude towards time management among health professionals.
CONCLUSION: The attitude towards time management in public hospitals of Dessie City was low. Satisfaction with organizational policies and strategies, satisfaction with supervisor support, and managers’ good attitude towards time management were delineated factors. This low attitude towards time management could affect the practice and it compromise the health service coverage and quality unless timely and appropriate interventions should be taken. Strengthening strategies aimed at maximizing job satisfaction and emphasizing an attitude towards time might have a substantial contribution.