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Journal Article

Ethical considerations in the development of the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees trial.

Minami CA, Odell DD, Bilimoria KY. JAMA surgery. 2017;152:7-8.

Patient safety research has generated some concern regarding ethical implications involved in implementing changes that affect patient care. This commentary discusses ethical challenges related to a large trial that explored the effects of duty hour flexibility. The authors discuss policy changes, institutional review board roles, and informed consent as tactics to address concerns.