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Assessing the functional performance of post-call hospital doctors using a Nintendo Wii.
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PMID:  22111392     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Sleep deprivation is an established part of the working life for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) in Ireland. Concern exists about the effect of extended NCHD work hours. We utilised a Nintendo Wii to evaluate motor function of NCHDs both prior to their on-call shift and the day afterwards. Data was exported to SPSS ver. 15 for statistical analysis with p < 0.05 considered significant. A total of 72 NCHDs were invited to participate in this study. There was a 62.5% (45) rate of follow-up. Overall 27 (60%) NCHDs were on medical call, with 18 (40%) on surgical call. There was no statistically significant difference between NCHDs pre-and post-call motor assessment scores. The majority of study participants (75.5%, n = 34) had four or more hours sleep. On-call duty allows for a greater than anticipated amount of sleep per on-call shift and therefore has a negligible effect on the motor skills of medical staff.
Authors:
K Clancy; P Brady; S McHugh; M A Corrigan; A Sheikh; E Lehane; A D K Hill
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish medical journal     Volume:  104     ISSN:  0332-3102     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Med J     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430275     Medline TA:  Ir Med J     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Beaumont Hospital RCSI, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9. kxclancy@gmail.com
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