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