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Study: Limiting first-year residents' work hours improved their safety, health

Residency Program Insider, February 21, 2020

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The ACGME’s 16-hour work hour limit for first-year residents instituted in 2011 led to “meaningful improvements in physician safety and health,” according to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine.

More then 15,000 first-year residents from 2002-2007 and 2014-2017 participated in the study. Each month the residents were asked to report their work hours, extended duration shifts, and whether they had adverse safety outcomes.

The researchers found that after the hour work limit was instituted first-year residents had a 24% decrease in the risk of motor vehicle crashes and a 40% decrease in the risk of sustaining a percutaneous injury. The risk of making a mistake due to an attentional lapse was also decreased by 18% among first-year residents after the work hour limit.

Source: The American Journal of Medicine



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