At least half (56%) of APAC’s younger healthcare professionals believe they can drive change in how their hospital is changed or managed, yet among those who feel they can’t drive change or don’t know if they can, 48% feel that their voices and suggestions are not acted upon, listened or acknowledged. The decisions made by non-medical stakeholders was also noted to negatively impact 30% of the region’s younger healthcare professionals, affecting their overall job satisfaction.
Beyond the present, many still worry about not being able to cope with the evolving needs of healthcare practice. Increased administration burdens, such as documenting electronic medical records and increased litigation/legal exposure, have a major negative impact on the professional satisfaction of younger healthcare professionals here (38% and 48% respectively).
Empowering APAC’s younger healthcare professionals
Despite the challenges faced, the FHI study also identified a clear demand among this generation of younger healthcare professionals for a work environment that fosters collaboration and offers flexibility.
Chief among these is creating a supportive environment and embracing technology to alleviate burdens and drive engagement. Key workplace factors important to APAC’s younger healthcare professionals surveyed when choosing where to work include having access to the latest medical equipment and technology (69%), professional autonomy (65%), a collaborative culture (65%), and support of work-life balance (71%).
“Younger healthcare professionals today shoulder the responsibility of transforming the future of healthcare, yet many still feel their views are unheard, experience hurdles in non-clinical aspects in practice, and are subject to stress as a result of their tireless dedication to caring for patients,” said Caroline Clarke, Market Leader, Philips ASEAN Pacific. “COVID-19 has revealed the gaps and opportunities for transformative healthcare change. Chief among them is nurturing and providing adequate support, platforms and adoption of digital technologies to empower healthcare professionals to act now for a better healthcare future.”
Since 2016, Philips has conducted original research to help determine the readiness of countries to address global health challenges and build efficient and effective healthcare systems. For details on the Future Health Index methodology and to access the 2020 report in its entirety, including the Future Health Index Insights: COVID-19 and Young Healthcare Professionals research, visit the Future Health Index site.