Is it common for physicians to work past retirement? Results from Physicians’ Working Conditions and Health 2010 survey
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Shortage of specialists may increase in the near future due to the increasing retirement rate of physicians. At the same time, the number of physicians who are officially retired but still working seems to be increasing. Little is known about the prevalence of working past retirement or about the factors associated with working while retired.
The participants were from a representative sample of Finnish physicians aged under 70 (N =3782, response rate 54%). The survey data were collected in 2010 using both paper and pen and online questionnaires.
About half of the retired participants were still working. The age difference between those retired and still working and those retired and not working was very small. Retired physicians who were still working were more often men, specialized, and working in the private sector, and they perceived their health and work ability to be better compared to retired physicians who were not working. There were no differences in sleeping problems, family related issues or personality between the groups.
Working while retired is relatively common among physicians. The factors that increase the probability of working after retirement age may be linked with work-related issues rather than those related to private life.
Ph.D., Docent, Research Professor
National Institute for Health and Welfare
Tarja Heponiemi, Juho Ruskoaho, Hannu Halila, Jukka Vänskä
Finnish Medical Journal 2012;67:1558–93.
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