Part-time doctors: reduced working hours for primary care physicians

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

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Adult; Communication; Continuity of Patient Care; Family; Female; Humans; Middle Aged; *Personnel Management; *Personnel Staffing and Scheduling; *Physicians, Family; *Physicians, Women; Work Schedule Tolerance


Community Health | Other Medical Specialties | Preventive Medicine


Women are entering the professional workforce in increasing numbers, and male professionals are more likely than ever to be involved in dual-career families. For primary care physicians the traditional 50-70-hour work week increasingly creates conflict between professional and other personal goals. Many believe that unless physicians work these long hours they will be unable to successfully provide personal, high-quality continuing care to their patients. Long-term career development for physicians who choose nontraditional arrangements has also presented problems. The authors review the literature on part-time work for physicians, then discuss their experiences as part-time family physicians at an academic health center. Various specific strategies are recommended for physicians and institutions considering part-time employment.


J Am Med Womens Assoc. 1990 Mar-Apr;45(2):47-54.

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Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (1972)

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