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Doctors in US and Europe think work conditions are deteriorating

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2280
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Doctors in Europe and North America have a strong feeling that the conditions in which they work are deteriorating. In particular, they point to financial restrictions, administrative burdens, and interference by non-medical third parties.

    In contrast, their colleagues in China, India, and Australia are more positive about the direction medicine is taking. But optimists and pessimists agree that the relationship between doctor and patient is changing because of time constraints and increasing demands from patients who are better informed about their condition and possible treatment.

    The findings emerge from the Global Physicians’ Survey, produced by …

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