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Revista Virtual de la Sociedad Paraguaya de Medicina Interna

On-line version ISSN 2312-3893


MORINIGO GARCIA, Nelson David et al. Working hours and sleep quality of resident physicians of the Hospital de Clinicas. Rev. virtual Soc. Parag. Med. Int. [online]. 2016, vol.3, n.2, pp.95-100. ISSN 2312-3893.

Introduction: During medical residencies physicians are subjected to long work hours and academic burden frequently generating a reduction of the hours dedicated to rest and sleep. Objectives: To determine the working hours, sleep habits, day somnolence, use of sleep inducers and wakefulness-promoting agents of the first year resident physicians of the Hospital de Clínicas. Materials and methods: Cross-sectional descriptive observational design with probabilistic sampling of the total resident physicians of the Hospital de Clínicas. Used tool: questionnaire applied to the target population in a period of 14 days. Results: Sample of 56 subjects, 96.4% had more than 8 working hours, 44.4% of these were in the range of 8 to 12 hours, 31.5% between 12 to 15 hours and 24.1% more than 15 daily hours. During duties all of them have more than 24 hours, 46.4% even had between 24 to 36 hours and 53.6% more than 36 working hours. Sleep hours of 4 to 6 were found in 71.4% while 14.3% slept less than 4 daily hours and 14.3% completed between 6 to 8 hours of night rest; 82.1% presented day somnolence and 3.6% used sleep inducers. Conclusions: We revealed an alarming decrease of the hours dedicated to rest and sleep among resident physician in relation to the recommendations.

Keywords : work hours; work load; work performance; professional exhaustion; internship and residence; sleep deprivation.

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