This study looks at how to address the long hours of medical residents, which puts the health of patients and physicians at risk.
The authors, Tejal K. Gandhi, M.D., is president and chief executive of the nonprofit National Patient Safety Foundation; Patricia A. McGaffigan, R.N., is its chief operating officer, conclude:
“We must work to improve handoffs, communication, and supervision of physicians in training. We also need to integrate duty hour restrictions into comprehensive safety programs that can overcome any potential challenges of reduced schedules. Let’s find ways to give residents the clinical experience they need while optimizing safety for both patients and residents, our next generation of the healthcare workforce.”