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Document ID (ISN)111645
CIS number 11-0440
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tucker P., Brown M., Dahlgren A., Davies G., Ebden P., Folkard S., Hutchings H., ┼kerstedt T.
Title The impact of junior doctors' worktime arrangements on their fatigue and well-being
Bibliographic information Nov. 2010, Vol.36, No.6, p.458-465. Illus. 34 ref.
Abstract Many doctors report working excessively demanding schedules. This study compared groups of junior doctors working on different schedules in order to identify which features of schedule design most negatively affected their fatigue and well-being in recent weeks. Completed by 336 doctors, the questionnaires focused on the respondents' personal circumstances, work situation, work schedules, sleep, and perceptions of fatigue, work-life balance and psychological strain. Working seven consecutive nights was associated with greater accumulated fatigue and greater work-life interference, compared with working just 3 or 4 nights. Having only one rest day after working nights was associated with increased fatigue. Working a weekend on-call between two consecutive working weeks was associated with increased work-life interference. Working frequent on-calls (either on weekends or during the week) was associated with increased work-life interference and psychological strain. Inter-shift intervals of <10 hours were associated with shorter periods of sleep and increased fatigue. The number of hours worked per week was positively associated with work-life interference and fatigue on night shifts.
Descriptors (primary) Wales; hours of work; work time schedules; fatigue; hospitals; health care personnel; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; night work; sleep deprivation; questionnaire survey; stress factors; non-occupational factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Psychology of work organization
Health care services
Fatigue