JDitt

I think it is misleading to say that residents that were required to work fewer hours made more mistakes.

First, the number of hours they worked decreased by only 3 per week. Second, the study did not measure the number of medical errors that an intern made. It asked residents whether they "were concerned about making a serious medical error"--the number of residents that said yes increased from 19% to 23%--not a big difference.

I wouldn't be surprised if the reason they more frequently reported that they were concerned about making a serious mistake after the duty hour restrictions was due to attending physicians always commenting on how this system is flawed.

Seminymous Coward

Wow, that is one misleading study summary for the resident hours. There were so many problems with the design that JDitt's list only covers some. The residents were given the same workload as before. Shockingly, this didn't result in any more sleep. Also, the study compares groups of residents from different years. It's almost like it was designed to show that overworking residents is a great idea...

Andrew B

Funny how when "science" does not agree with people's preconceived perceptions they tend to disagree with it. I am one of those docs who worked longer hours as a resident than my son does now as a resident. Handoffs are a major factor in errors, and the new paradigm causes more handoffs. On the other hand I am glad my son has it a little easier.

Similarly today an article came out from a UCSD study that Bloomberg's idea of limiting large sodas causes a probable increase in soda obtained, and is worse for the environment. Wonder how he and his followers will handle that (I would tend to favor his idea more if he also banned high calorie Starbucks' drinks but that would hurt his more upper class constituency.)

Pshrnk

Are you for or against hospitalists?

Chris Cornette

In reference to your next podcast and what the Pope is saying read this: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum_en.html
Remember the Marxist/communist societies are godless and take a look at how God is being taken out government institutions in our own country of late.

Chris Cornette

In reference to your next podcast and what the Pope is saying read this: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum_en.html
Remember the Marxist/communist societies are godless and take a look at how God is being taken out government institutions in our own country of late. I think you will enjoy.