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NEJM: Outcomes of Daytime Procedures Performed by Attending Surgeons after Night Work

September 3, 20153 min
Outcomes of Daytime Procedures Performed by Attending Surgeons after Night Work Anand Govindarajan, M.D., David R. Urbach, M.D., Matthew Kumar, M.Sc., Qi Li, M.Sc., Brian J. Murray, M.D., David Juurlink, M.D., Ph.D., Erin Kennedy, M.D., Ph.D., Anna Gagliardi, Ph.D., Rinku Sutradhar, Ph.D., and Nancy N. Baxter, M.D., Ph.D. N Engl J Med 2015; 373:845-853 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1415994 August 27, 2015 Background: Sleep loss in attending physicians has an unclear effect on patient outcomes. In this study, researchers examined the effect of medical care provided by physicians after midnight on the outcomes of their scheduled elective procedures performed during the day. Methods: The study authors conducted a population-based, retrospective, matched-cohort study in Ontario, Canada. Patients undergoing 1 of 12 elective daytime procedures performed by a physician who had treated patients from midnight to 7 a.m. were matched in a 1:1 ratio to patients undergoing the same procedure by the same phys

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