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RATIONALE The stressful work environment of ICUs can lead to burnout. Burnout can impact on the welfare and performance of caregivers, and may lead them to resign their job. The shortage of ICU caregivers is becoming a real threat for health care leaders. OBJECTIVES To investigate the factors associated with burnout on a national level in order to(More)
HYPOTHESIS The 50-hour workweek limitation for surgical residents in Switzerland has a major effect on surgical training, resident quality of life, and patient care. DESIGN Survey study. SETTING Residencies in Switzerland. PARTICIPANTS Surgical residents and surgical consultants. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES An anonymous survey was conducted in(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate arguments given by board-certified surgeons in Switzerland for and against a career in surgery. BACKGROUND DATA Currently, the surgical profession in most Western countries is experiencing a labor shortage because of a declining interest in a surgical career among new graduates, a changed public opinion of medicine and its(More)
BACKGROUND Recent research has indicated an increase in the severity of head injuries in Switzerland. The aim of the present study was to describe the epidemiological features of cranio-maxillofacial (CMF) injuries due to interpersonal violence in patients at the Bern University Hospital Emergency Department (ED), based on injury patterns. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Networks are known to improve performance and create synergies. A research network can provide a significant advantage for all parties involved in research in surgery by systematically tracking the outcome of a huge number of patients over a long period of time. The aim of the present study was to investigate the experiences of surgeons with(More)
The most widely accepted treatment for comminuted fractures of the radial head is either the excision or open reduction and internal fixation. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the value of an 'on-table' reconstruction technique in severely comminuted fractures of the radial head. In this study, two patients with a Mason type-III and four(More)
PRINCIPLES The proportion of medical graduates entering a surgical career in Switzerland, as well as in most Western countries, is declining. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the factors influencing medical students when choosing a career in surgery and to identify the impact of a surgical clerkship. METHODS Between February 2007 and July(More)
An increasing proportion of women work in medicine; however, only few choose surgical specialties. The objective of this study was to analyze the current situation of female surgeons and surgical residents in Switzerland concerning their personal and professional fulfillment. Of 318 female surgeons and surgical residents included in our study, 189 (59.4%)(More)
PRINCIPLES Work-hour regulations for residency programmes in Switzerland, including a 50-hour weekly limit, were set in on 1 January 2005. Patient safety was one of the major arguments for the implementation. As the effect of the restriction of residency work hours on patient care in Switzerland has not yet been evaluated on objective data, the aim of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether semiquantitative terms (eg, "often" or "rare"), which are often used for achieving informed consent, have the same meaning for laypersons and physicians. BACKGROUND To obtain informed consent, physicians have to make their patients aware of the risks of an operation. Thereby, semiquantitative terms are often used. METHODS(More)