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Trends in the Work Hours of Physicians in the United States

Trends in the Work Hours of Physicians in the United States ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Trends in the Work Hours of Physicians in the United States Douglas O. Staiger, PhD Context Recent trends in hours worked by physicians may affect workforce needs but have not been thoroughly analyzed. David I. Auerbach, PhD Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN Objectives To estimate trends in hours worked by US physicians and assess for as- sociation with physician fees. HE POTENTIAL EXPANSION OF Design, Setting, and Participants A retrospective analysis of trends in hours worked health insurance coverage and among US physicians using nationally representative workforce information from the US associated reform of the deliv- Census Bureau Current Population Survey between 1976 and 2008 (N=116 733). Trends Tery system, combined with re- were estimated among all US physicians and by residency status, sex, age, and work set- cent forecasts of physician shortages ting. Trends in hours were compared with national trends in physician fees, and estimated (particularly in primary care), have separately for physicians located in metropolitan areas with high and low fees in 2001. catapulted issues related to the ad- Main Outcome Measure Self-reported hours worked in the week before the survey. equacy of the physician workforce high Results After remaining stable through the early http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Trends in the Work Hours of Physicians in the United States

JAMA , Volume 303 (8) – Feb 24, 2010

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2010 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2010.168
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20179284
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Abstract

ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Trends in the Work Hours of Physicians in the United States Douglas O. Staiger, PhD Context Recent trends in hours worked by physicians may affect workforce needs but have not been thoroughly analyzed. David I. Auerbach, PhD Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN Objectives To estimate trends in hours worked by US physicians and assess for as- sociation with physician fees. HE POTENTIAL EXPANSION OF Design, Setting, and Participants A retrospective analysis of trends in hours worked health insurance coverage and among US physicians using nationally representative workforce information from the US associated reform of the deliv- Census Bureau Current Population Survey between 1976 and 2008 (N=116 733). Trends Tery system, combined with re- were estimated among all US physicians and by residency status, sex, age, and work set- cent forecasts of physician shortages ting. Trends in hours were compared with national trends in physician fees, and estimated (particularly in primary care), have separately for physicians located in metropolitan areas with high and low fees in 2001. catapulted issues related to the ad- Main Outcome Measure Self-reported hours worked in the week before the survey. equacy of the physician workforce high Results After remaining stable through the early

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 24, 2010

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