An MPH student from the Health Sciences of University of Mongolia recently contacted me on the recommendation of one of her faculty from the Department of Social Sciences. The reason? She was doing research on bagiin emch - aka bag feldshers - and I was one of the few people who had done any research on this group. Exciting stuff for me. With Khostuya's permission, I am posting the English language abstract of her Master's thesis here, along with keywords in English and Mongolian:
WORKLOAD AND JOB SATISFACTION OF BAG FELDSHERS
School of Public Health, HSUM (Mongolia)
To determine the workload and job satisfaction of Mongolian bag feldshers (bagiin baga emch), to summarize the results, and to develop recommendations for improvement.
The study involved in total 88 bag feldshers (2 soums from all 21 provinces for a total of 42 soums; 3 bag feldshers from 4 of these soums and 2 bag feldshers from the remaining 38). We conducted the research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Collected data were analyzed using SPSS 12.0. We registered working hours and activity by direct observation. Upon analysis, we clarified basic and additional work structure through document analysis and interviews.
The workload of bag feldshers varies by season, week, and day. It is not possible to determine their workload and job satisfaction using timing methods. Medical services are limited because 40.9% of bag feldshers involved in our study live at the soum center. The workload of those bag feldshers living at the soum center is less than those living in the countryside. Although bag feldshers tend to be satisfied with their job, there are persistent issues with support for social services.
Keywords: Bagiin baga emch, work conditions, workload, satisfaction, working environment
Түлхүүр үг: Багийн бага эмч, ажлын нөхцөл, ажлын ачаалал, сэтгэл ханамж, ажиллах орчин