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

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 29 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f618
  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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