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Abstract

Purpose: through the application of a Rasch rating scale model, the researchers investigated the effect of gender, ethnicity, practice site, income, and age on levels of job satisfaction among practicing pharmacists. Method: The data consist of responses to a survey questionnaire mailed to a random sample of 5,000 registered pharmacists throughout the United States. A total of 820 individuals mailed back their completed form for a response rate of 16.4 percent. Results: Older, higher-wage earning pharmacists working at independent practice sites experience the greatest amount of job satisfaction.Conclusion: The most significant finding from this study is that age, income, and practice site can predict job satisfaction among practicing pharmacists. Additionally, the results provide empirical evidence for the variables inclusion in future models and they demonstrate the usefulness of Rasch techniques.

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