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When Helping Starts to Hurt

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1172
  1. D Spurgeon

    William N Grosch, David C Olsen Norton, £19.50, pp 189 ISBN 0–393–70167–0

    Overwork is a serious problems for most health care professionals these days. Demands for improved clinical care exceed improvements in resources, and maintaining a balance between the two can be demoralising and exhausting. However, working long hours has become almost a badge of honour among some professional people, whose complaints about overwork are often mixed with a sense of pride in their dedication and importance; and perhaps a sense of entitlement - namely, that their hard work justifies avoidance and indulgence in other …

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