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Journal Article
Review

Understanding the multidimensional effects of resident duty hours restrictions: a thematic analysis of published viewpoints in surgery.

Devitt KS, Kim MJ, Conn LG, et al. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2018;93:324-333.

Duty hour limitations have been controversial due to inconclusive evidence regarding their impact on care outcomes. This review examined the effect of work hour restrictions on surgical residents. The authors found that duty hour restrictions have fallen short of their goals, discuss unintended consequences of the strategy that diminish safety, and call for amended policy solutions to address concerns.