Overworked Research

Physicians frequently take on heavy workloads and frequent stressful on-call duties while being sleep-deprivated. The severe job stressors in their daily lives negatively impacts their personal mental health, physician-patient communication, job satisfaction, as well as the quality and safety of patient care.  Recently, litigation and criminalization related to medical malpractice in Taiwan have lead to an imbalance in the specialty distribution of medical professionals. Our research examines the risk factors and indicators of physician’s job stress.


1. Physiological and psychological impacts on male medical interns during on-call duty.

Lin YH, Kuo TB, Ho YC, Lin SH, Liu CY, Yang CC.

Stress. 2012 Jan;15(1):21-30.

2. Gender differences in cardiac autonomic modulation during medical internship.

Lin YH, Chen CY, Lin SH, Liu CH, Weng WH, Kuo TB, Yang CC.

Psychophysiology. 2013 Jun;50(6):521-7.

3. On-call duty effects on sleep-state physiological stability in male medical interns.

Lin YH, Ho YC, Lin SH, Yeh YH, Liu CY, Kuo TB, Yang CC, Yang AC.

PloS one. 2013 Jun 4;8(6):e65072.

4. Prevalent hallucinations during medical internships: phantom vibration and ringing syndromes.

Lin YH, Lin SH, Li P, Huang WL, Chen CY.

PloS one. 2013 Jun 10;8(6):e65152.

5. A dimensional approach to the phantom vibration and ringing syndrome during medical internship.

Lin YH, Chen CY, Li P, Lin SH.

Journal of psychiatric research. 2013 Sep;47(9):1254-8.

6. Possible association between phantom vibration syndrome and occupational burnout.

Chen CP, Wu CC, Chang LR, Lin YH.

Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment. 2014 Dec 4;10:2307-14.

7. The role of the harm avoidance personality in depression and anxiety during the medical internship.

Chen CY, Lin SH, Li P, Huang WL, Lin YH.

Medicine. 2015;94(2):e389.

8. The process of coping with stress by Taiwanese medical interns: a qualitative study.

Liu CH, Tang WR, Weng WH, Lin YH, Chen CY.

BMC medical education. 2016 Jan 12;16:10.

9. A prospective study of the factors associated with life quality during medical internship.

Lin YH, Chen HY, Tsai SL, Chang LR, Chen PC.

PLoS One. 2019 Aug 12;14(8):e0220608.

10. Cardiac Autonomic Modulation during on-Call Duty under Working Hours Restriction.

Chien JW, Chen CY, Lin SH, Lin SW, Lin YH.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Feb 10;17(3).

11. Investigation of the Role of Anxiety and Depression on the Formation of Phantom Vibration and Ringing Syndrome Caused by Working Stress during Medical Internship.

Lin YH, Lin KI, Pan YC, Lin SH.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Oct 14;17(20):E7480.

12. The transformation from hospital-based to community-based mental healthcare: The hospital–clinic disparity in the psychiatric workforce in Taiwan from 2005 to 2030

Lin YH, Ho YC, Chang YH, Hsiung C, Chiou HY.

Psychiatry Research. 2022 Nov 1;317:114816.

2023 NHRI Research Achievement Award

13. The methodology to estimate the demand and supply of national psychiatric services in Taiwan from 2005 to 2030

Lin YH, Lan YT, Ho YC, Chang YH, Hsiung C, Chiou HY.

Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2023 Jan;79:103393.