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That’s the choice being re-examined after a study published in April in the New England Journal of Medicine found that longer shifts for medical residents were just as safe as shorter shifts.

The results, which support an earlier study that also found no association between shift length and patient safety, have led some physicians to suggest that the issue of how long residents should work has now been “laid to rest.”

University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. David Asch, one of the study’s lead investigators, said in a statement that despite concern about lengthy shifts for residents, “they really don’t seem to have an effect on any important domains.”

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