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 P. 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 H. Stone and Steven W. Lockley and D. 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… 

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