New doctors working as hard as previous generation, study finds – CBC

‘Doctors starting out now aren’t working proportionately less,’ says researcher

Dec 12, 2022

A new study from Dalhousie University shows that family doctors who entered the profession recently are not taking on fewer patients or having less contact with patients than those who started out two decades ago.

The analysis counters a misconception that recently trained physicians think more about work-life balance than their more established colleagues, are less career-motivated or are less likely to provide comprehensive and continuous care, the study says.

The data also hints at areas where improvements could be made to increase patient access to care.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday, analyzed data from Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia from 1997 to 2018.

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