First-year medical residents made more mistakes when they were required to work fewer hours

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    Apr 11, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1672284

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    http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/weird-science-thinks-seven-sexes-is-enough-for-anybody/

    A public safety effort that is decreasing public safety. After a few horror stories of botched medical care that were the product over overworked, sleep-deprived residents, a number of programs cut back on how many hours these residents were allowed to work each week. And, as a result, they're apparently making more mistakes than they did while being on-duty for 72-hour shifts. A survey of residents shows that, while they're working fewer hours, they're being expected to get the same amount doneā€”just faster. Plus, since they go off work sooner, they have to hand all their patients off to new doctors, which can also increase the problems with care. And, in the ultimate irony, for whatever reason, the residents don't report getting any more sleep than they used to.
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    Apr 26, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    Big surprise that decreasing work hours 4% and expecting interns to get the same amount of work done faster didn't lead to dramatic improvements in patient care. icon_rolleyes.gif

    P.S. The second link links the wrong article.
  • calibro

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    Apr 26, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    way to misrepresent the facts again with a headline. your title should read people aren't as good as doing an allotted amount of work expected for a given time in less time than they normally get.