Residency

Public opposed to lifting cap of resident hours

Residency Program Insider, September 16, 2016

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The majority of the public is in favor of keeping shift limits for medical residents, according to a poll commissioned by public health watchdog group Public Citizens. The poll surveyed a sample of 500 likely voters nationwide and found that 86% opposed eliminating the current 16-hour shift limit for first-year residents. Eighty percent of respondents were also in favor of decreasing the current shift limit for all other residents from 28 hours to 16 hours.

The poll also found that 77% of respondents said patients should be informed if the resident treating them has been working for 16 hours or more without sleep. Eighty-four percent of respondents also thought patients should be informed if they are admitted to a hospital participating in the iCompare and FIRST trials, in which first-year residents are allowed to work longer shifts.

Source: Public Citizen



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