Study: No increase in mortality after changes in resident work hours

09/5/2013 | AAFP News Now

No systematic effects on patient mortality rates were seen in the first three years after the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education reformed work hours for medical residents in 2003, and in subsequent years data suggest there have been improvements at some hospitals, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers looked at data from almost 13.7 million Medicare patients admitted to 3,059 short-term, acute-care hospitals from 2000 to 2008.

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