|Document ID (ISN)||109303|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Gander P., Purnell H., Garden A., Woodward A.
||Work patterns and fatigue-related risk among junior doctors
||Nov. 2007, Vol.64, No.11, p.733-738. Illus. 34 ref.
||To evaluate the work patterns of New Zealand junior hospital interns, relationships between different aspects of work and fatigue-related outcomes were examined. A questionnaire dealing with demographics, work patterns, sleepiness, fatigue-related clinical errors, and support for coping with work demands was mailed to junior interns. The response rate was 63% (1366 questionnaires from interns working ≥40 hours a week). On fatigue measures, 30% of participants scored as excessively sleepy, 24% reported falling asleep driving home since becoming a doctor, 66% had felt close to falling asleep at the wheel in the past 12 months, and 42% recalled a fatigue-related clinical error in the past 6 months. Night work and schedule instability were independently associated with more fatigue measures than was total hours worked. Regular access to adequate supervision and support at work reduced the risk of fatigue.
||fatigue; risk factors; hospitals; work time schedules
||New Zealand; questionnaire survey; hazard evaluation; sleep deprivation
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||New Zealand|
Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services
Hours of work