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The effects of shorter duty hours studied

Residency Program Insider, February 13, 2015

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A study recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that residents working shorter overnight shifts did not feel less tired than those who worked longer shifts.

The study evaluated 47 residents in two university-affiliated ICUs in Canada during two-month rotation blocks from January to June 2009. The study found very little difference in how tired the residents felt regardless of if they were assigned to 12-, 16-, and 24-hour shifts.
 
Although the overall rate of preventable adverse events was low, the study found that the majority (seven out of every eight) occurred during the 12-hour shifts.
 
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal

 

 



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