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Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 14 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3-7207

Working more than 45 hours per week on a job was associated with a threefold higher rate of miscarriage according to an article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (5/6/9). The study looked at American lawyers, taking into account other factors such as age, smoking, alcohol intake and previous miscarriage, but its results might easily be applied to doctors, who often have to work in excess of 70 hours a week as pre-registration house officers, including non-stop 60 hour shifts at the weekend.

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