Changes in doctors' working hours: a longitudinal analysis

Joyce, Catherine M., Wang, Wei C. and Cheng, Terence C. 2015, Changes in doctors' working hours: a longitudinal analysis, Medical care research and review, vol. 72, no. 5, pp. 605-621, doi: 10.1177/1077558715589705.

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Title Changes in doctors' working hours: a longitudinal analysis
Author(s) Joyce, Catherine M.
Wang, Wei C.ORCID iD for Wang, Wei C.
Cheng, Terence C.
Journal name Medical care research and review
Volume number 72
Issue number 5
Start page 605
End page 621
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-10
ISSN 1077-5587
Summary The study examined changes in doctors’ working hours and satisfaction with working hours over five time points and explored the influence of personal characteristics on these outcomes. Latent growth curve modeling was applied to Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life data, collected from 2008 to 2012. Findings showed that working hours significantly declined over time, with a greater decrease among males, older doctors, and doctors with fewer children. Satisfaction increased faster over time among specialists, doctors with poorer health, those whose partners did not work full-time, and those with older children. The more hours the doctors worked initially, the lower satisfaction reported, and the greater the increase in satisfaction. Findings are consistent with a culture change in the medical profession, whereby long working hours are no longer seen as synonymous with professionalism. This is important to take into account in projecting future workforce supply.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1077558715589705
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1503 Business And Management
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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