OSLER L. PETERSON, M.D.; BERNARD S. BLOOM, PH.D.
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To the editor: In a recent review of manpower studies in Annals of Internal Medicine (1), we strongly criticized the poor, irrelevant data and inappropriate criteria that have been commonly used for manpower planning. The study by Girard and colleaques (2) is an example of how physician manpower should be studied. The collection of data on physicians' workdays using self-reported log diaries provides relevant manpower statistics for physician-manpower decisions. Their application to a large number of specialties represents a singular achievement.
We raise two issues about the study, the first being the mean workweek length of 50 to 55 h
PETERSON OL, BLOOM BS. Manpower in Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;91:490. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-3-490_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(3):490.
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