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US physicians work fewer hours and see fewer patients than in 2008

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6863 (Published 10 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6863
  1. Edward Davies
  1. 1BMJ, New York

Physicians are working fewer hours, seeing fewer patients, and limiting access to their practices in light of substantial changes to the medical practice environment, according to research from the Physicians Foundation.

Between 2008 and 2012, the average number of hours physicians worked fell from 57 hours a week to 53, and doctors saw 16.6% fewer …

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