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April 10, 2002

Current Resident Work Hours: Too Many or Not Enough?—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

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

In Reply: We thank Dr Lewis and Dr Strub for their comments, which illustrate the strong and often divergent opinions that abound regarding the issue of resident work schedules. The purpose of our study is to generate data with which to inform this debate. Our current system of scheduling resident on-call duty hours has remained largely unaltered for 70 years despite major changes in medical care and health economics1 that have increased the workload of resident physicians and thereby inadvertently reduced the time residents have available for sleep while on call.

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