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Systematic review of the impact of physician work schedules on patient safety with meta-analyses of mortality risk.

Weaver MD, Sullivan JP, Landrigan CP, et al. Systematic review of the impact of physician work schedules on patient safety with meta-analyses of mortality risk. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2023;49(11):634-647. doi:10.1016/j.jcjq.2023.06.014.

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August 16, 2023
Weaver MD, Sullivan JP, Landrigan CP, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2023;49(11):634-647.
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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) restrictions on resident work hours have improved resident well-being, but the impact on education, clinical and patient safety outcomes is less clear. This meta-analysis found that the 2003 ACGME restrictions (limiting residents to 80-hour work weeks and 28-hour shifts) was associated with an 11% reduction in mortality; however, there was no significant difference in mortality after the 2011 restrictions (limiting first-year residents to 16-hour shifts). These findings reinforce the impact of extended resident physician work hours and patient morbidity and mortality. The authors also recommend that future research examine the relationship between work hours and patient outcomes among other health care workers.

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Weaver MD, Sullivan JP, Landrigan CP, et al. Systematic review of the impact of physician work schedules on patient safety with meta-analyses of mortality risk. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2023;49(11):634-647. doi:10.1016/j.jcjq.2023.06.014.

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