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Being a doctor: a sociological analysis, 2005-2006 was an exploratory study which aimed to develop a sociological understanding of the views and experiences of doctors working within the National Health Service (NHS).
Main Topics/Subject Category
Education and career, current work, general views on the medical profession
See study questionnaire for variable list at:[…]/6124%5Cmrdoc%5Cpdf%5C6124uguide.pdf
England, north of England (region), access to information, aspiration, career development, careers guidance, clinical medicine, colleague relationships, communication skills, doctor-patient relationship, educational background, employment history, ethnic minorities, full-time employment, gender, general practitioners, health professionals, health professions, health services, hospital services, hospital waiting lists, information sources, information use, internet use, job description, job satisfaction, management, married women workers, medical care, medical negligence, medical partnerships, medical practices, medical profession, medical research, medical sciences, medical specialities, medical training, medicine education, meetings, membership, part-time employment, partnerships (personal), physicians, political action, private health services, professional associations, redress of grievances, school-leaving guidance, sex discrimination, social status, state health services, surgeons, trust, work-life balance, working mothers, working time, working women
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Quality measure, Proxies
Area of Health System
Primary care, Secondary care
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
University of York. Department of Sociology
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
2005, 2006
Unit of Analysis
52 doctors working in the North of England, 2005-2006
ESDS Qualidata, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Nettleton S, Burrows R and Watt I. Regulating medical bodies? An analysis of doctors' accounts of the consequences of the “modernization” of the NHS for the disembodiment of clinical knowledge. Sociology of Health and Illness 2008; 30(3): 333-348