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Cutting junior doctors' hours may not lower risk of surgical deaths

from Reuters

Restrictions on U.S. medical residents’ hours implemented in 2011 don’t appear to have significantly lowered the risk of death or serious injury from surgery, a recent study suggests. Researchers compared data on surgical outcomes one year before the duty hour reforms and two years afterwards for five specialties: neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, urology and vascular surgery. While rates of death and injury did decline over the study period, the changes were so small they might have been due to chance. more


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