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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Two Trials Extending Resident Hours Called 'Unethical'


Two trials extending shifts of first-year residents from 16 hours to as many as 28 or more at nearly 190 teaching hospitals to see what would happen to patients and trainees alike have come under fire as "unethical."

Leveling that charge is the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), which includes residents. The two groups say that the trials not only have exposed sleep-deprived residents and their patients to harm but also have failed to obtain informed consent from them.

"These are among the most unethical studies I've seen in the past couple of decades," said Michael Carome, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, in an interview with Medscape Medical News.

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