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Sleep duration and satisfaction among physicians in tertiary public hospitals in China: a large sample national survey

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Objectives: To investigate the sleep duration and level of satisfaction among physicians in tertiary public hospitals in China, and to explore associated factors. Methods: A national online cross-sectional survey was conducted. Totally 20,786 physicians from 136 hospitals participated in the survey. Data were collected using an online self-reported questionnaire. Descriptive and logistic regression statistics were performed using the STATA software. Results: The mean total sleep duration was 6.37 ± 0.87 h. Of all participants, 61.06% (n = 12,691) reported short sleep duration (less than 7 h per day). 46.97% (n = 9764) were not satisfied with their sleep. An older age and job-related factors (longer working hours per week, specialty including internal medicine, Ob/GYN and emergency medicine, working more night shifts, heavier workload, and working in East China) were significantly associated with reported short sleep duration. Conclusions: The majority of physicians in Chinese public hospitals experienced insufficient sleep duration. Changes are required to improve the wellbeing of physicians and patient outcomes.

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Wu, Y., Jiang, F., Wu, S., Liu, Y., & Tang, Y. L. (2021). Sleep duration and satisfaction among physicians in tertiary public hospitals in China: a large sample national survey. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12995-021-00298-z

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