There is a vast amount of literature, both primary and secondary, on resident duty hours. However, there is very little Canadian-specific and contextual information that exists related to the potential implications of changing resident duty hours, such as the implications of change on health workforce requirements, medical education and health service delivery.

Recognizing this, the National Steering Committee conducted an in-depth environmental scan that produced a comprehensive and evidence-based analysis of resident duty hours’ impact on six key areas. As well, six Expert Working Groups from across Canada examined potential impacts and implications of changes to resident duty hours in key health care domains. This work provided an evidence-based foundation to better understand the current situation in Canada and the implications of any changes to resident duty hours.

Review the key research findings

The key research findings from this process centered around four key areas:

  1. Analysis of the evolution of resident duty hours from 1980 - present;
  2. Literature review findings comparing resident duty hour regulations in Canada to like jurisdictions,
  3. Review of literature from the six Expert Working Groups; and
  4. Results of the national survey of residents, postgraduate deans, program directors and hospital administrators.

Click here to learn more about the key findings in Fatigue, Risk and Excellence: Towards a Pan-Canadian Consensus on Resident Duty Hours.

View the research methodology

A mixed-method, multi-phased approach was developed for the project’s environmental scan and literature review. To learn more about this approach, view the complete research methodology.

Learn more about the Expert Working Group papers

Key authorities and experts from across Canada joined together to examine potential impacts and implications of changes to resident duty hours in key health care domains. Medical educators, residents, physicians, sleep specialists and others helped develop six commentary papers on various cross-cutting issues related to Resident Duty Hours. Click here to learn more about the Expert Working Group Papers.