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Resident scheduling changes may increase readmissions

Residency Program Insider, June 3, 2016

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Researchers found that reorganizing residents among physician teams may have led to a 30% increase in readmissions at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. The findings, which were published in The American Journal of Medicine, were based on readmission rates between January 2004 and December 2013.

Prior to 2009, physician teams at Sunnybrook remained together throughout a shift. That year the hospital overhauled its staff scheduling so that junior and senior residents were distributed across four shifts so that patients would have a team member present every day. Researchers found that after the redistribution of staff, readmissions increase regardless of other factors. Mortality rates did not change.

Source: Fierce Healthcare



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