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News and briefs: Are shorter shifts more stressful?

Residency Program Insider, September 20, 2011

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Consumer groups and government agencies are focusing on patient safety, and more specifically, the link between resident work hours and medical errors. In 2008, the Institute of Medicine recommended limiting residents’ shifts to between 16 and 24 hours, with five-hour naps. On July 1, the ACGME adopted some of these recommendations and curtailed work hours. However, patient safety groups continue to call for further restrictions. A study in a recent issue of Neurology, compared resident sleepiness, personal study hours, quality of life, and satisfaction and faculty satisfaction using the new ACGME requirements and the IOM recommendations. Read more about the study by visiting the American Academy of Neurology.



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