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Editor's Correspondence
July 10, 2006

Resident Hours in the Pursuit of Better Health Care—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(13):1423-1424. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.13.1423-b

In reply

We appreciate the interest in our article and the discussion that it has sparked. We agree with Litchenberg that bedside rounding is crucial for education1 but do not believe that it “would be an instant cure for burnout.” Nor do we believe that restricting resident work hours will solve this entire problem as evidenced by 55% of residents still meeting criteria for burnout after implementing the work-hour restrictions. It is 1 step that may positively impact resident burnout.

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