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Study: Erratic scheduling main cause of physician burnout

Physician Practice Advisor, April 18, 2007

The lack of control over scheduling or the number of hours worked per week is the greatest cause of physician burnout, according to research conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School.

Researchers compiled results based on responses from 935 physicians across the country. Overall, physicians were highly satisfied with their careers and had high levels of personal accomplishment.

However, both male and female physicians who didn't have control over their schedules or the number of hours they worked per week reported increased frustration and lower job satisfaction. Researchers concluded that more of today's doctors value work-life balance and may select specialties or practice opportunities that allow them to control their lifestyle.

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