Nearly Quarter of Docs Work Over 60 Hours Per Week

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Most doctors said they would prefer to work fewer hours in a recent American Medical Association survey.

Overworked doctors often feel that they are neglecting professional priorities
Overworked doctors often feel that they are neglecting professional priorities

HealthDay News -- Physicians work long hours, with most working 40 to 60 hours per week and a considerable proportion working 61 to 80 or more hours per week, according to an American Medical Association report.

Most physicians work 40 to 60 hours per week, and 23% work 61 to 80 or more hours per week, the findings indicate.

The researchers also looked at hours worked by age group and found that 20% of physicians aged 60 to 69 years work fewer than 40 hours per week, and 20% work more than 60 hours per week. Among those aged 40 to 69 years, two-thirds work between 40 and 60 hours per week, and 20% work between 61 and 80 hours per week.

About two-thirds of physicians younger than age 40 years work between 40 and 60 hours per week, whereas only 13% work fewer than 40 hours per week, and 5% work more than 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," the researchers wrote.

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