Igaku Kyoiku / Medical Education (Japan)
Online ISSN : 2185-0453
Print ISSN : 0386-9644
ISSN-L : 0386-9644
A survey of the working conditions and mental-health status of supervisors at residency training hospitals
Kazuki TANIGUCHIShinichiro SASAHARATetsuhiro MAENOSatoshi YOSHINOYusuke TOMOTSUNEEriko TOMITAKazuya USAMIMikiko HAYASHIShotaro DOKIAsumi NAKAMURAIchiyo MATSUZAKI
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2008 Volume 39 Issue 5 Pages 305-311

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The shortage of physicians in Japan has been a social issue since the new postgraduate clinical training system started in 2004.The difficult working conditions of hospital physicians may influence this problem.We used a questionnaire to investigate the working hours, on-call frequency, work contents, and mental health of supervisors at various residency training hospitals in Japan.
1) We surveyed 479 physicians who worked at hospitals certified as residency-training facilities and who participated in a development workshop for supervisors or for residency training program managers held at 8 locations in 2004.
2) We found that supervisors worked, on average, more than 100 hours longer than statutory working hours per month and that more than one-fifth of supervisors worked more than 160 hours longer.
3) As for mental health, more than one-fifth of supervisors showed a depressive tendency.
4) These results suggest that the working conditions of supervisors at residency-training hospitals in Japan should be improved by reducing their clinical duties or managing their work content.

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