What keeps doctors practising? An investigation into the factors that influence doctors’ retirement decisions

This project will investigate what factors doctors consider when deciding when to retire, the relative importance of these factors and how doctors might trade-off between them.

Continuing HERU’s collaboration with the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Development (CHERI), this research will identify the push-pull factors related to the intention to retire, and will employ a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to examine which of these factors are most valued by doctors nearing the end of their careers. The research will use qualitative face-to-face interviews along with a Scotland-wide survey; distribution of which will be facilitated by the British Medical Association and NHS Education for Scotland.  

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Diane Skåtun, Ourega-Zoé Ejebu, Terry Porteous and Mandy Ryan

External collaborators: Cleland, J, (CHERI) 


Cleland, J., Porteous, T., Ejebu, O. and Skåtun, D. (2020) '"Should I stay or should I go now?": a qualitative study of why UK doctors retire', Medical Education, 54(9), 821-831.


Cleland, J., Porteous, T.Skåtun, D.Ejebu, O. and Ryan, M. (2019) 'Should I stay, or should I go? A discrete choice experiment to understand doctors’ retirement decisions', Scottish Health Economics. Showcasing Health Economics in Scotland: Research of International Excellence That Addresses Policy Priorities in Scotland and Beyond, Discovery Point, Dundee, 3 October 2019.

Leckcivilize, A.Skåtun, D. and Ryan, M. (2021) 'Determinants of UK doctor's expected age of retirement: an investigation into the job satisfaction black box,' Health Economists’ Study Group (HESG) Winter 2021 Meeting, Centre for Health Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London [Online], 6-8 January 2021.