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US residents' hours must be shorter to protect patients

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:924
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Tired resident hospital doctors who work up to 120 hours a week are as impaired as if they were drunk drivers and are a danger to patients and themselves, says an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    The research, by Drs David Gaba and Steven Howard of the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in California, is supported by a commentary that explores ways to make up for the shortened hours in residency programmes that will start in July 2003 (New England Journal of …

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