Risk Factors Associated With Participation in the Ontario, Canada Doctors' Strike
Kravitz, Richard L.
Shapiro, Martin F.
Linn, Lawrence S.
Froelicher, Erika S. Sivarajan
American Journal of Public Health. 1989 Sep; 79(9): 1227-1233.
To identify factors associated with participation in the 1986 Ontario, Canada doctors' strike, we surveyed 1,028 physicians; 69% responded, of whom 42% participated in the strike. Risk factors for participation included income greater than $135,000, being a surgeon or gynecologist, having previously "opted out" of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, being professionally dissatisfied, being politically conservative, favoring political activism by physicians, holding a positive view of the social consequences of extra billing, and perceiving family, associates, patients, and the public to favor the strike. Eighty percent of strikers, but 32% of non-strikers, met criteria we established for four strike-prone groups: the "economically rational," the "ideologically committed," the "professionally disaffected," and the "socially malleable." Respondents belonging to one or more of these groups were much more likely to have participated in the strike....
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