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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Harvard Work Hours, Health, and Safety Study: Part 4

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  • Objective: To determine if interns report making more harmful medical errors when working 24-hour shifts
    • Odds of reporting a harmful fatigue-related error was 7-fold higher when working five or more 24 hour shifts in a month (compared with self when working no 24 hour shifts)
    • Odds of a fatal error due to fatigue 4-fold higher

Barger, L.K. et al. PLoS Medicine 2006; 3:e487

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