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Limiting Work Hours for Medical Residents Could Be Costly
Date:5/20/2009

ents from one doctor to another. And no research has definitively shown which concern outweighs the other.

"There is no good data to show what almost everyone believes to be true. All things being equal, it's better to have a doctor that is not falling asleep in front of you or who is so groggy they are unable to think clearly," Wu said.

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SOURCES: Teryl Nuckols, M.D., M.S.H.S., assistant professor, medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, and health services researcher, RAND Corp., Los Angeles; Kenneth Polonsky, M.D., chairman, department of medicine, Washington University, St. Louis; Albert Wu, M.D., professor, health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; May 21, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine


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