Effect of reducing interns' work hours on serious medical errors in intensive care units.

@article{Landrigan2004EffectOR,
  title={Effect of reducing interns' work hours on serious medical errors in intensive care units.},
  author={Christopher Landrigan and Jeffrey M. Rothschild and John W. Cronin and Rainu Kaushal and Elisabeth Burdick and Joel T. Katz and Craig M. Lilly and Peter Stone and Steven W. Lockley and David Westfall Bates and Charles A. Czeisler},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={351 18},
  pages={
          1838-48
        }
}
BACKGROUND Although sleep deprivation has been shown to impair neurobehavioral performance, few studies have measured its effects on medical errors. METHODS We conducted a prospective, randomized study comparing the rates of serious medical errors made by interns while they were working according to a traditional schedule with extended (24 hours or more) work shifts every other shift (an "every third night" call schedule) and while they were working according to an intervention schedule that… CONTINUE READING

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