Greater supervision of residents does not decrease medical error rate, study finds: 4 things to know

Practice Management

Increased attending physician supervision of medical residents did not significantly reduce the rate of medical errors, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found.

Here are four things to know:

1. This nine-month randomized clinical trial involved 22 attending physicians who provided either increased direct supervision, joining work rounds on previously admitted patients, or standard supervision, in which they were available to residents but did not join work rounds.

2. The medical error rate was not significantly different when the attending physicians provided standard or increased levels of supervision.

3. Residents reported feeling less autonomous with increased supervision.

4. Attending physicians rated the quality of care higher when they participated on work rounds.

Here is more information on the trial.

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