MyDay Survey with Health Education England, Working Across Wessex

Researchers used MyDay, a purpose-built web-based survey tool, to collect anonymous data from up to 2100 junior doctors about their wellbeing at work. Participants listed tasks they did in five short windows of time, and how they felt doing each task. The research set out to provide a rich and useful picture of the experienced wellbeing of this key workforce.


Hockey, P., Vaithianathan, R., Baeker, A., Beer, F., Goodall, A. H., Hammerton, M., Jarvis, R., Brock, S., & Lorimer, L. (2020). Measuring the working experience of doctors in training. Future Healthcare Journal, 7(3), e17–e22.

The researchers, including CSDA’s Rhema Vaithianathan and Larissa Lorimer, use an online tool (‘MyDay’) to look for an association between tasks and emotional affect for 565 doctors in training. They find that the participant trainee doctors spent a quarter of their time at work on paperwork or clinical work that did not involve patients, which was associated with more negative emotions.  Positive emotions were associated with breaks, staff meetings, research, learning and clinical tasks that involved patients.  Trainee doctors reporting that they had considered leaving medicine reported more negative feelings. The authors conclude that systematic workplace changes, like regular breaks, reduced paperwork and improved IT systems could contribute to positive workplace experiences and reduce the intention to quit among doctors in training.

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Location: Wessex, England

Partner/s: Health Education England, Working Across Wessex, University of Southampton, City, University of London, University of Zurich

Timeframe: 2017-2018