Work-hour restrictions as an ethical dilemma for residents.
Approach to Improving Safety
This study surveyed 170 residents across disciplines to understand the role standardized work-hour limitations have played in their daily practices. Investigators discovered that 80% of respondents reported working beyond the restrictions at least once in the past 6 months, and the primary reason for doing so was concern for patient care. Findings also suggested that residents underreport their hours half the time, and differing perceptions of behavior may exist between surgical and non-surgical trainees. Past research exploring the impact of work-hour restrictions includes studies in both the medical and surgical literature.