Physicians Working 40 to 60 Hours Per Week

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Physicians Working 40 to 60 Hours Per Week
Physicians Working 40 to 60 Hours Per Week

(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 a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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

According to the report, 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 under age 40 work between 40 and 60 hours per week, 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," according to the report.

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