Working to death : the regulation of working hours in health care

McDonald, Fiona (2008) Working to death : the regulation of working hours in health care. Law & Policy, 30(1), pp. 108-140.

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Recent research highlights significant risks associated with health professionals working long hours – risks to their health and safety, to the safety and quality of care provided to patients and to public safety. This article undertakes a review of the various instruments used to regulate working hours in health systems, using six countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union as primary comparators. The review demonstrates differences in the instruments used to regulate the issue in these countries and in the economic, social, and cultural factors that limit instrument choice and moderate instrument effectiveness.

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ID Code: 14798
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Regulation, patient safety, health workforce, working hours, health professionals
ISSN: 0265-8240
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 00:57

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