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News and briefs: Morbidity study questions duty hour restrictions

Residency Program Insider, December 30, 2011

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A University of Vermont College of Medicine study shows an increased complications rate in neurosurgery after the ACGME implemented duty hour restrictions in 2003.

The report published by The Journal of Neurosurgery uses data three years prior to the change in duty hours and three years immediately following the change in hours with regards to morbidity and mortality rates. Morbidity rates increased slightly; mortality rates remained the same.

The report does not directly attribute duty hour restrictions as the cause for the rate change, but calls for a closer look at the current limitations in surgical subspecialties.

To read more about the report, click here.



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