Determinants of Stress in Medical Practice: Evidence from Ontario Physicians

Posted: 19 May 2010

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Michele Campolieti

University of Toronto at Scarborough - Division of Management

Douglas Hyatt

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Boris Kralj

Ontario Medical Association

Date Written: June 15, 2007

Abstract

We use data from a unique survey of Ontario physicians to examine the determinants of work and personal stress in physicians with six stress indexes we constructed. We have a number of findings of particular interest. First, we find that males experience significantly less stress than women in a number of our regressions. Second, some of our estimates suggest that physicians who practice in health service organizations, which are paid primarily by capitation rather than fee-for-service, experience less stress. This estimate suggests that alternative payment systems, which are becoming more prevalent, may help to alleviate the stress experienced by physicians. Third, increases in the percentage of billings required to cover overhead expenses are associated with higher levels of stress. Finally, our most consistent empirical finding relates to the number of hours a week the physician works, which had a significant effect on all six of our stress indexes.

JEL Classification: I19

Suggested Citation

Campolieti, Michele (Mike) and Hyatt, Douglas and Kralj, Boris, Determinants of Stress in Medical Practice: Evidence from Ontario Physicians (June 15, 2007). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 62, No. 2, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1610260

Michele (Mike) Campolieti (Contact Author)

University of Toronto at Scarborough - Division of Management ( email )

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Douglas Hyatt

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

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Boris Kralj

Ontario Medical Association ( email )

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