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Patient safety, resident well-being and continuity of care with different resident duty schedules in the intensive care unit: a randomized trial.

Parshuram CS, Amaral ACKB, Ferguson ND, et al. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne. 2015;187:321-9.

This randomized controlled trial of different resident shift lengths (12, 16, and 24 hours) sought to examine how duty hours affect patient safety, housestaff well-being, and handoffs. The authors found no effects on patient safety outcomes, including adverse events and mortality. This study adds to literature suggesting that decreasing duty hours does not improve safety for hospitalized patients.