Shorter shifts for medical interns may have unintended effects

03/25/2013 | Reuters

Limiting shifts for medical interns to 16 hours did not improve the quality of their sleep or well-being, and the change was associated with increased reports of errors, according to research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine that raised concerns about unintended side effects of the limits. Shorter on-duty shifts led to fewer daytime work hours and reduced educational opportunities, researchers said.

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