AMA: Most Docs Want to Work Less, But Burdened by Long Hours

Most Docs Want to Work Less
Most Docs Want to Work Less

(HealthDay News) — Physicians work long hours, with most working 40–60 hours per week and a considerable proportion working 61–80 or more hours per week, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

The report findings indicate that most physicians work 40–60 hours per week and that 23% work 61–80 or more hours per week.

According to the report, 20% of physicians aged 60–69 years work <40 hours per week and 20% work >60 hours per week. Among those aged 40–69 years, two-thirds work between 40–60 hours per week and 20% work between 61–80 hours per week. About two-thirds of physicians age <40 work between 40–60 hours per week, only 13% work <40 hours per week, and 5% work >80 hours. Roughly one-half of all physicians of all ages said they would prefer to work fewer hours per week.

"An AMA-RAND study released last fall revealed that physicians who feel overworked, overscrutinized, or overburdened with unfulfilling tasks can suffer continually from a growing sense that they are neglecting the professional priorities that really matter – their patients," according to the report.

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