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Sleep deprivation and starvation in hospitalised patients: how medical care can harm patients.

Xu T, Wick EC, Makary MA. Sleep deprivation and starvation in hospitalised patients: how medical care can harm patients. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016;25(5)(5):311-314. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004395.

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October 21, 2015
Xu T, Wick EC, Makary MA. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016;25(5):311-314.

This commentary explores elements of the hospital environment that can contribute to sleep deprivation and malnutrition in patients, including care complexity, hospital census, poor communication, and noise. The authors advocate for designing more patient-centered hospital systems to prevent this type of harm.

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Xu T, Wick EC, Makary MA. Sleep deprivation and starvation in hospitalised patients: how medical care can harm patients. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016;25(5)(5):311-314. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004395.