Shift work

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6944.1640b (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1640
  1. J M Waterhouse
  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT.

    EDITOR, - As Ian H Robinson suggests in his review of the BBC2 Horizon programme “Against the Clock,” we should be seriously concerned about the possibility of junior doctors who work 36 to 48 hour shifts making mistakes through fatigue.1 Studies that have been performed on this group indicate that, even after shifts of only 31 hours, performance is slower and more erratic,2 and the general view is that high performance is difficult to sustain at the end of a long shift coincident …

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