Australian doctors’ non-clinical activities: results from the MABEL survey of doctors

Joyce, Catherine, Eyre, Harris, Wang, Wei Chun and Laurence, Caroline 2015, Australian doctors’ non-clinical activities: results from the MABEL survey of doctors, Australian health review, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 588-594, doi: 10.1071/AH14223.

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Title Australian doctors’ non-clinical activities: results from the MABEL survey of doctors
Author(s) Joyce, Catherine
Eyre, Harris
Wang, Wei ChunORCID iD for Wang, Wei Chun
Laurence, Caroline
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 39
Issue number 5
Start page 588
End page 594
Total pages 7
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0156-5788
Keyword(s) Non-clinical activities
Medicine in Australia
Work-life balance
Summary Objective. The aim of the present study was to investigate non-clinical work conducted by Australian doctors.
Methods. This study was an exploratory descriptive study using data from Wave 5 of the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) longitudinal survey, collected in 2012 from Australian medical practitioners (2200 general practitioners (GPs), 3455 specialists, 1270 specialists in training and 1656 hospital non-specialists). The main outcome measure was the number of hours worked per week in non-clinical work. Regression analysis was used to determine associations between non-clinical activities (i.e. education-related, management and administration and other) and personal and professional characteristics, including age, gender, job and life satisfaction, total clinical working hours, sector of practice
(public or private) and doctor type.
Results. Australian doctors spend an average of just under 7 h per week, or 16% of their working time, on non-clinical activities. Doctors who worked more hours on non-clinical activities overall, and in education-related and management and
administration specifically, were male, younger, had lower life satisfaction and generally spent fewer hours on clinical work. Lower job satisfaction was associated with longer management and administration hours, but not with time spent in
education-related activities. Specialists were more likely to work long non-clinical hours, whereas GPs were more likely to report none. Hospital non-specialists reported relatively high management and administration hours.
Conclusions. Further work is required to better understand the full range of non-clinical activities doctors are involved in and how this may impact future workforce projections.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AH14223
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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