Study finds outcomes from spinal surgery are no worse when trainee doctors start work

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f618 (Published 29 January 2013)
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  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Rates of major adverse outcomes are no higher in patients having spinal surgery during July, when new trainee doctors start working in US teaching hospitals, says a US study,1 which the authors say debunks the myth that this is the worst time to be a patient.

Researchers analysed data for nearly one million patients having spinal surgery (such as discectomy or laminectomy) between 2001 and …

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