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April 10, 2002

Current Resident Work Hours: Too Many or Not Enough?

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1802-1803. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799

To the Editor: In her Medical News & Perspectives article, Ms Lamberg1 described the current study by Czeisler et al investigating the numerous ways that residents are affected by working long hours. My main concern is the potential negative impact that this study will have on the medical profession, for it will undoubtedly lead many to believe that the hours residents are required to work need to be reduced even further. A similar phenomenon is occurring in Britain, in which the European Working Time Regulation has recently required that the hours in which residents work be reduced. The resulting negative effects on surgical trainees has been described by Spitz et al.2

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