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Resident duty-hour restrictions did not affect patient outcomes

Residency Program Insider, December 12, 2014

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The ACGME’s resident duty hour reforms from 2011 did not affect patient mortality or readmission rates, according to two recently published studies.
 
A study of surgical patient outcomes found that there was no significant change in death or serious illness among patients in the two years after the reform. Researchers studied more than 200,000 patients from over 50 hospitals.
 
The other study examined the mortality and readmission rates of 2.7 million Medicare patients with a variety of diagnoses the first year after the reform. Similar to the first study, researchers found no significant difference in 30-day mortality rates or readmission rates. 
 
Source: Physician News Digest  



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