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The Pediatric Forum
September 2001

Trends in Residents' Perceptions of Working Conditions: 1989-1999

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(9):1072-1073. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.9.1072

The working conditions of medical trainees have generated intense controversy for many years.1 In 1984, the highly publicized death of an 18-year-old woman who was being treated by residents at a New York, NY, hospital sparked further national debate over the issue of resident working conditions.2,3 This incident led to the creation of a state law (Code 405.4, Paragraph 2.b) that mandated New York hospitals to improve resident working conditions effective July 1, 1989. The enactment of Code 405 provided an opportunity to study trends in residents' perceptions of the working conditions of residency. We report on a 10-year prospective study about residents' perceptions of working conditions.

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