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Research Article

The Association between Chinese Doctors Workload and Medical Disputes

Weixian Xu1, Jingcheng Xie2, Hubing Wu3, Zhiguo Guo4, Lijun Guo1 and Xinheng Feng1*

1Department of Cardiology, Peking University Third Hospital and Key Laboratory of Molecular Cardiovascular Science, Ministry of Education, Beijing, 100191, China

2Medical Administration Division, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, 100191, China

3Department of Management of Medical Records, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, 100191, China

4Department of Emergency, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, 100191, China

Corresponding Author:
Xinheng Feng
Department of Cardiology, Peking University Third Hospital
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Beijing, 100191, China
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Received date: December 31, 2015; Accepted date: March 31, 2016; Published date: April 08, 2016

Citation: Xu W, Xie J, Wu H, Guo Z, Guo L, et al. (2016) The Association between Chinese Doctor’s Workload and Medical Disputes. J Psychol Psychother 6:252. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000252

Copyright: © 2016 Xu W, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Objective: There is a surge of hospital violence against doctors in China. We aimed to investigate the changing trend of the doctors’ workload in China, and the associations between the doctors’ workload and the medical disputes.

Methods: The data was collected in a tertiary teaching hospital located in Beijing from 2001 to 2012, including the parameters of clinical work and research work of the doctors, as well as the number of the medical lawsuits.

Results: The number of patients and surgeries significantly increased. The number of doctors increased with a lower annual growth rate, leading to the doctor’s increasing workload. The papers published by the doctors and the research projects also increased. The medical lawsuits dramatically increased from 36 cases in 2006y to 65 cases in 2012y. The number of inpatient per doctor (IPPD) was positively related to the number of lawsuits. After adjustment for the confounders, such as average hospitalization expenses and in hospital death, the logarithmic transform of IPPD was significantly positively associated with the number of lawsuits.

Conclusions: The Chinese doctor’s workload is on rapid rise. The increasing workload was associated with medical disputes. Interventions aimed at reducing doctor’s workload are necessary.


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