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Patient outcomes unaffected by duty hour reform

Residency Program Insider, July 10, 2015

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A study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found that the AGCME’s duty hour reform implemented in 2011 didn’t significantly change patient outcomes in five surgical specialties. Researchers analyzed data from teaching and non-teaching hospitals from a year before and two years after the duty hour reform for neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery, urology, and vascular surgery. They found no substantial change in the rate of mortality or serious morbidity within 30 days of an operation.

Source: Journal of the American College of Surgeons



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