Reduced hours for residents don't equal more sleep or fewer errors

08/5/2008 | USA Today

A survey of medical residents shows cutting back on the number of hours they work hasn't meant they get more sleep. In 2003 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education reduced shifts to about 24 to 30 hours, capping hours at 80 per week. The survey finds the young physicians got about the same amount of sleep -- 7.5 hours per day -- after the changes and made about the same number of mistakes per 100 orders given.

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