OTTAWA, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - As a member of the National Steering
Committee on Resident Duty Hours, the Canadian Association of Internes
and Residents (CAIR) welcomes the opportunity to participate in the
Canadian Consensus Conference on Resident Duty Hours.
"CAIR strongly believes that a national dialogue that looks at best
practices for better management of resident physician duty hours, is of
critical importance", said CAIR President Dr. Simon Moore. "Fatigue
management is important for all physicians and we must work on a
coordinated national approach that enhances residents' ability to
provide safe, high quality patient care, and protects their own
personal health and safety."
More than 3 in 4 Canadian resident physicians said they had made errors
at work due to the consecutive number of hours they are required to
work, according to a 2012 CAIR survey conducted by Nanos Research. As
well, more than half said they had been in potentially hazardous
driving situations due in part to work-related fatigue.
In the prologue of the arbitration ruling to Maritime resident
physicians this month, the arbitration board found that resident hours
of work "…constitute a systemic challenge, demand systemic attention
and require systemic remedy." CAIR agrees whole-heartedly, and is
pleased that stakeholders will gather for an open and transparent
In addressing the issue of resident work hours CAIR previously released
a position paper that made six key recommendations and urged all
provinces and regions in Canada to better manage resident duty hours in
a manner that ensures patient and resident safety, and the best
learning experience for residents.
CAIR understands the regional complexities and the difficulties of a
"one size fits all" solution but there is more and more evidence that
excessive work hours can endanger public and physician safety.
CAIR also recommends that the resident duty hours model must not impair
residents' ability to learn and teach others. The ability to
appropriately transfer care when going off duty is also critical to
The recent developments in the Maritimes highlights the need for an
open, transparent dialogue on physician fatigue, and how various models
of duty hours can work to protect the personal health and safety of all
physicians and provide safe, high quality patient care.
The Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR) is the
national representative body of over 8,000 Resident Physicians in
Canada. CAIR is a resident-driven organization that works
collaboratively with other national health organizations to
continuously improve patient care and explore new approaches to the
delivery of health care. CAIR works to achieve consensus on policy and
advocacy issues of a national interest. It delivers improvement to the
lives of Resident Physicians in such areas as personal well-being, the
quality of medical education, and professionalism.
SOURCE: The Canadian Association of Internes and Residents
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