Overseas doctors work longer hours, Australian study shows

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 09 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:274
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. Sydney

    A study examining the practice patterns of overseas doctors working in Australia has shown that they work longer hours, prescribe more drugs, and order more tests than their counterparts who trained in Australia.

    Australia relies heavily on medical graduates from overseas, said the study's lead author, Clare Bayram, from Sydney University's Family Medicine Research Centre. They make up 25% of the total workforce of doctors, but information on how they practise in the Australian setting is virtually non-existent, she said.

    She and her colleagues compared 89 overseas trained doctors who were …

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