The ever-expanding workweek

Most primary care physicians worked longer hours last year than they did in 2008, but saw about the same number of patients.

Key Points

Family physicians and general practitioners saw fewer patients in 2009, whereas the numbers stayed nearly the same for pediatricians and ob/gyns. Internists, on the other hand, saw their workloads increase by 4 visits per week to a median of 101, placing them right behind family physicians and general practitioners, who reported medians of 102 per week.