More flexibility not the answer to young doctors’ woes

Strict shift arrangements seem to work better

New doctors appear to be focused on surviving rather than on thriving, according to a study looking at their working conditions.

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The authors say the findings provide the clearest signal yet of the distress and powerlessness many interns feel.

Although the study is based on US trainees and a trial looking at more flexible work arrangements, it has relevance to Australia.

It compared those working standard shifts with trainees working within a more flexible model with no limits on shift length time off between shifts.

Writing in the NEJM, the researchers report