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Have duty hour restrictions affected patient safety?

Residency Program Insider, March 29, 2011

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A new study shows that limiting work hours for residents has not enhanced patient safety, reports MedPageToday.com. Researchers at the University College Hospital London reviewed 72 studies from the U.S. and the U.K. published between 1990 and 2010 that used objective outcome measures related to postgraduate medical training, patient safety, or clinical measures.

"While it might seem intuitive that doctors working fewer hours will be less tired, make fewer errors, and that therefore patients' outcomes should improve, both clinical experience and the results of studies conducted with identical methods but in different healthcare systems indicate that other influences might be at least as important," Moonesinghe and co-authors wrote.

Read more about this study.



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