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Doctors’ extended shifts as risk to practitioner and patient: South Africa as a case study

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Extended shifts are common in medical practice. This is when doctors are required to work continuously for more than 16 h, with little or no rest, often without a maximum limit. These shifts have been a part of medical practice for more than a century. Research on the impact of fatigue presents compelling evidence that extended shifts increase the risk of harm to patients and practitioners. However, where the number of doctors is limited and their workloads are not easily reduced, there are n...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.3390/ijerph17165853

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Primary Care Health Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Primary Care Health Sciences
Role:
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Saïd Business School
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Publisher:
MDPI
Journal:
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health More from this journal
Volume:
17
Issue:
16
Article number:
5853
Publication date:
2020-08-12
Acceptance date:
2020-08-06
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EISSN:
1660-4601
Language:
English
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1125354
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pubs:1125354
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2020-08-12

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