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Residency Program Insider, April 12, 2013

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While research about the unintended consequences of the ACGME’s 2011 work hour restrictions has been making headlines in recent weeks, one program found that residents continued to deliver high quality care despite reduce work hours.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center compared patient care before and after work hour restrictions took effect. The study tracked observed-to-expected mortality, adverse events, length of stay, 30-day hospital readmission, and rapid response team calls and code calls among a group of 4,000 patients.

Although the number of patient handoffs doubled, there was no adverse effect on patients, researchers concluded. Researchers say the medical center began including an hour of overlap on shifts for physicians to complete handoffs.



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