Doctors say limiting work hours has unintended consequences

07/9/2013 | Kaiser Health News

As a new set of medical interns begins hospital duties this month, physicians are pointing to more research showing restrictions that limit resident work hours have unintended consequences, such as increased errors due to more handoffs and limited educational opportunities. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education CEO Thomas Nasca said, however, that the work rules are being blamed for bigger problems in the system, including communication failures and work compression, which will not be fixed by longer hours.

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