For Resident Doctors, Shorter Shifts Mean More Mistakes

Mandated shorter on-duty shifts for resident physicians has not improved patient care nor has it noticeably reduced the numbers of sleepy house staff, a pair of new studies found. In both studies, the authors sought to determine if limiting doctors-in-training to work shifts of no more than 16 hours -- a change mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2011 -- resulted in better patient care and less resident fatigue than the 30-hour work week limit...Full Story
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