Quality & Patient Safety

Australia: Doctors work 100 hours a week

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, October 28, 2008

An Australian Medical Association survey of 1,000 doctors reveals that they work between 50 and 100 hours per week, reports YahooNews. The survey also found many doctors work shifts up to 20 hours long and getting less than six hours of sleep a night.

Many doctors surveyed admitted they worry long hours affects patient safety. The survey also found that one in 10 drink alcohol to cope with stress.

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