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Residents less likely to call for immediate help after-hours

Residency Program Insider, October 9, 2015

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A study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that pediatric residents and their supervising physicians disagree on when to call for help after hours. The researchers developed 34 scenarios encountered by residents after-hours that they considered the most common or serious. Pediatric residents, fellows, and attending physicians were then given a survey that asked whether a resident in each scenario should ask for help from an attending or fellow immediately or wait until the next day to do so. More attending physicians and fellows than asked for immediate communication in 17 of the 34 scenarios than residents. The scenarios with the biggest discrepancies where the ones in which residents felt they could manage without supervision or didn’t recognize the seriousness of the issue. 

Source: The Journal of Pediatrics
 



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