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Comment & Response
March 24/31, 2015

Duty Hour Reforms and Patient Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
JAMA. 2015;313(12):1268-1269. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1432

To the Editor The study by Dr Patel and colleagues1 examined the association between the adoption of duty hour reforms for residents and various clinical outcomes such as patient mortality. The efficacy of the reforms is of great interest because these regulations necessitate expensive and time-consuming changes in organizational structure. Despite such large changes, the authors found no significant correlation between adoption of the reforms and clinical outcomes.