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Article Dans Une Revue European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Année : 2023

How do French Obstetrician-Gynaecologists perceive their quality of life? A national survey.

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Objective Obstetrics is a constraining specialty due to heavy workloads and repeated stressful situations. French maternity wards are facing many difficulties to recruit, as a consequence of the conversion of a significant number of Obstetrician-Gynecologists (OB-GYNs) to exclusive daily private practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of life (QOL) of OB-GYNs in order to identify burnout risk factors, develop prevention strategies and therefore ensure patient safety. Study Design A Google forms questionnaire assessing QOL and life/work balance was distributed by e-mail to 1 397 members of the National College of French OB-GYNs (CNGOF). This was a declarative multicenter cross-sectional survey. Results Four hundred sixty-one responses were collected (response rate 30%). A burnout episode was reported by 31.3% of respondents. Main burnout risk factors were limited staff on the on-call schedule (p = 0.008) and low salary (p < 0.001). On-call work was considered to have a negative personal life impact by 57.8% of the sample; 34.1% wanted to stop this practice and 81.3% believed that financial compensation would help reinforce its attractiveness. Medico-legal risks influenced the daily practices of 70% of respondents and 86.8% had been personally affected by media coverage of obstetrical violence. Conclusions This report confirms a high burnout rate within a stressful profession, with major impacts from on-call activity, insufficient salary relative to the arduousness of this practice, high exposure to medico-legal actions and media attention. Revising shift duration to a maximum 12 h, better control over global workload, higher salary and renewed social recognition are urgent priorities.
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hal-04530602 , version 1 (03-04-2024)

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Margaux Merlier, Louise Ghesquière, Cyril Huissoud, Elodie Drumez, Oliver Morel, et al.. How do French Obstetrician-Gynaecologists perceive their quality of life? A national survey.. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 2023, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 286, pp.112-117. ⟨10.1016/j.ejogrb.2023.05.010⟩. ⟨hal-04530602⟩

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