Studies show resident hour limits have no impact on patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 11, 2015

Two more studies reviewing resident work hour restrictions land squarely in the middle of the long-standing debate about the rules and their impact on quality care.

The first study, published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reviewed Medicare patient admissions, comparing 30-day mortality and 30-day all-cause readmission rates from 2009-2011, before the second set of limits were enacted, and 2011-2012.

Researchers found that there were no significant differences in 30-day mortality rates or 30-day readmission rates before and after the implementation date, indicating the rule had no discernable impact on those quality measures.

This is an excerpt from an article in Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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