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Study: Reduced training hours doesn't affect quality of care

Residency Program Insider, July 19, 2019

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The ACGME implemented a cap of 80 clinical and education work hours per week for residents in 2017. A new study published in BMJ finds no difference in the quality of care provided by physicians with reduced training hours.

Researchers compared patient outcomes for internal medicine physicians trained before 2003 when residents often worked 100 hours per week with those of physicians trained when weekly hours were capped at 80. For both groups of physicians, three quality measures were examined for their first year post-residency: hospital services used, mortality within 30 days of being hospitalized, and readmissions. Researchers found no significant difference between the two groups.

Source: Stat News



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