The effect of fatigue on resident performance

E. E. Christensen, G. W. Dietz, R. C. Murry, J. G. Moore

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Fourteen rested and fatigued residents read a set of 25 test radiographs on two separate occasions approximately one month apart. The radiographs were made with a partial chest phantom using pulmonary nodules as test objects. Seven rested and 7 fatigued residents read the radiographs, and a month later the order of fatigue was reversed. Fatigued residents had worked a minimum of 15 consecutive hours before their interpretations. Performance did not deteriorate with fatigue, and the nodule detection rate was almost identical on both occasions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-106
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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