Journal Article
Commentary

Revisiting duty-hour limits — IOM recommendations for patient safety and resident education.

Iglehart JK.

This editorial provides an overview of the 2008 Institute of Medicine recommendations for residency work hours, and discusses the relationship between duty hours and other important aspects of residency training such as supervision and patient handoffs. The article notes that the new recommendations represent a compromise between the sometimes competing objectives of improving patient safety, reducing resident workload and fatigue, and maintaining the quality of resident education.