Resident Medical Hours

VII. Key Issues: Regulation & Reform >> B. Health Care Regulation >> Health Professionals Regulation >> Resident Medical Hours (last updated 12.15.14)



Restrictions on working hours for medical residents are motivated by concerns about patient safety and the well-being of residents. The Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research has developed a draft working paper assessing the costs and benefits of restrictions on resident duty hours (P8-Resident Duty Hours Restrictions).


  • Fletcher KE, Davis SQ, Underwood W, Mangrulkar RS, McMahon LF Jr, Saint S. Systematic review: effects of resident work hours on patient safety. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(11):851-857

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