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Allowing more doctors to work less than full time could reduce burnout, says royal college

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5778 (Published 27 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5778

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Re: Allowing more doctors to work less than full time could reduce burnout, says royal college. An inadequate summary in this news item.

We know very little from this news item.

Q. Is there lower incidence of burnout in less than full time doctors who work less hours because of a) family ill-health or b) bringing up children or looking after elderly or disabled relatives, or c) because the doctor has decided to earn money in other activities (eg journalism) or is simply relaxing because the doctor has enough income from other sources..?

Q. Considering each of the above categories, separately, what is the proportion of male:female:gender dysphoria?

Q. Has the College compared, serially, the rates over the past forty years?
Has the College asked those surveyed, whether they regretted the choice of either the profession OR the speciality?

Competing interests: As a patient, I would like to be treated by doctors who are not yet smouldering.

27 September 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough