Article in BMC Medicine on Public Support of Reducing Resident Physician Work Hours

June 1, 2010

The American public greatly underestimates the extended hours currently worked by medical residents. People also overwhelmingly disapprove of shifts lasting longer than 24 hours, which are currently required by teaching hospitals. This is according to new findings published in today’s edition of the online journal BMC Medicine - the first systematic study of public perceptions of resident work hours. Public Citizen contributed to the research and urges a reduction of medical resident work hours.

Read the article on Biomedcentral.com (pdf)