Not enough research to substantiate assumption that July brings higher mortality rates

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 6, 2011

Because a new class of medical school graduates begin their  residencies in July, the month has become known among researchers for having more errors and higher mortality rates.

However, the New York Times’ Well Blog has concluded that a majority of studies found little evidence of such effect. Although a study published last year in The Journal of General Internal Medicine found medication errors spiked in July, some dispute the conclusion because data was collected decades ago, when residents were less closely supervised.

Source: New York Times