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No effect of resident hour limits on neurosurgical outcomes

from Medscape (free subscription)

Restrictions on duty hours for neurosurgery residents has not resulted in significant changes in mortality for neurosurgery patients, a new study shows. The study did show a slight drop in the proportion of U.S. neurosurgery patients who went straight home from the hospital after 2003, when the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education limited the hours residents could be required to work. But overall, "there weren't any dramatic changes before or after the work hour changes," Kiersten Norby, M.D., told Medscape Medical News. more

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