A rational approach to shift work in emergency medicine

Dennis C. Whitehead, Harold (Hal) Thomas, Debra Roberts Slapper

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Abstract

As the only medical specialists who routinely provide continuous 24-hour daily coverage, emergency physicians are all too familiar with the demands of shift work. Although shift work has a pervasive effect on the practice of emergency medicine and is regarded as a major stressor, it has received little attention per se in our literature and in our residency training programs. We review the principles of circadian rhythms and their effects on sleep and alertness, and recommend ways by which emergency physicians can better schedule themselves to mitigate the negative consequences of working shifts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1250-1258
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Volume21
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Emergency Medicine
Emergencies
Physicians
Internship and Residency
Circadian Rhythm
Appointments and Schedules
Sleep
Education

Keywords

  • circadian rhythms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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A rational approach to shift work in emergency medicine. / Whitehead, Dennis C.; Thomas, Harold (Hal); Slapper, Debra Roberts.

In: Annals of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 21, No. 10, 1992, p. 1250-1258.

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Whitehead, Dennis C. ; Thomas, Harold (Hal) ; Slapper, Debra Roberts. / A rational approach to shift work in emergency medicine. In: Annals of Emergency Medicine. 1992 ; Vol. 21, No. 10. pp. 1250-1258.
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