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The Effects of Chronic Partial Sleep Deprivation on Cognitive Functions of Medical Residents

Author(s): Habibolah Khazaie | Masoud Tahmasian | Mohammad R Ghadami | Hooman Safaei | Hamed Ekhtiari | Sara Samadzadeh | David C. Schwebel | Michael B. Russo

Journal: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry
ISSN 1735-4587

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 74;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Cognition | Executive function | Internship and residency | Sleep deprivation

"n  "n Objective:Because of on-call responsibilities, many medical residents are subjected to chronic partial sleep deprivation, a form of sleep restriction whereby individuals have chronic patterns of insufficient sleep. It is unclear whether deterioration in cognitive processing skills due to chronic partial sleep deprivation among medical residents would influence educational exposure or patient safety. Method: Twenty-six medical residents were recruited to participate in the study. Participants wore an Actigraph over a period of 5 consecutive days and nights so their sleep pattern could be recorded. Thirteen participants worked on services that forced chronic partial sleep deprivation (

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