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Incidences of hospital-acquired conditions increased following duty hour reforms

Residency Program Insider, May 12, 2017

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An assessment of the frequency of hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) before and after resident duty hour reforms were instituted found that patients were associated with a 10% increased likelihood of HACs post-reforms. In 2003, the ACGME instituted an 80-hour weekly limit for resident physicians. The retrospective analysis published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education examined data from 2000-2002 and 2004-2006 and evaluated the occurrence of HACs in academic and non–academic centers. Patients admitted to teaching hospitals after implementation of the ACGME reforms were more likely to incur a HAC. There was no corresponding change found in non–teaching institutions.

Source: Journal of Graduate Medical Education



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