Most doctors and surgeons in the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand have less respect for their colleagues than the average American, according to a survey released Monday by the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The report, based on data from the annual Global Employer Survey, was released as doctors and nurses across the U, U.Y.C., Canada and Australia are being accused of misusing their public-sector positions to gain access to patients and to raise their pay.
The U.N. International Labor Organization has said the practices of doctors and other healthcare professionals can be hazardous, and the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive is investigating allegations of malpractice by British doctors.
Doctors’ groups have also slammed the practice of “pay-to-play,” which allows some of their colleagues to get around government restrictions on bonuses and other perks.
The U.H.S., the United States and some U.s. states have outlawed the practice, and some employers have been forced to pay out-of-pocket costs to their workers.
The researchers found that, while doctors and dentists are among the least respected professions, the highest ranking was dental hygienists.
The survey said more than one-third of doctors surveyed had a negative view of their peers.
The research, which examined 5,000 workers in 31 countries, found that doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists are also among the most trusted professionals, followed by doctors and engineers, lawyers, public health workers and architects.
They also had the highest ratings of social support, trustworthiness and work-life balance.
While the findings are alarming, they do not necessarily reflect a problem with doctors or dentists.
The authors of the survey said the lack of respect shown by some of the professions may be because they are considered less prestigious.
The survey, conducted by a consortium of leading universities, was based on a survey of more than 4,000 doctors and dental hyGienists in the United Kingdoms, Canada, Australian and New Britain, with an initial sample size of nearly 5,500.
It surveyed 1,000 professionals worldwide in 2017.
The findings are based on responses to three questions:1.
Have you ever experienced discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status or gender identity or expression?2.
Have your professional colleagues ever acted in a way that was harmful to you?3.
Do you think your professional peers are competent, trustworthy and ethical?
The researchers said the responses did not reflect the views of their respondents or their employers.
The study was sponsored by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.