Better sleep arrangements boost on-call doctors’ wellbeing

On-call work among doctors is associated with medical errors, injuries and lower wellbeing. However, a study suggests that the key to attenuating these negative outcomes is to make it easier for on-call physicians to develop working arrangements that promote better sleep.

A survey of 1,541 Finnish doctors found that on-call work was associated with higher levels of sleeping problems and work interference with family life, contributing to high levels of distress, low job satisfaction and low work ability.

Heponiemi T et al (2014). “On-call work and physicians’ well-being: testing the potential mediators”. Occupational Medicine, first published online 22 March.

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