Are emergency department junior doctors becoming less experienced in performing common practical procedures?

Research carried out in ScHARR, and published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, measured junior doctors´ experience of performing practical procedures, and concluded that junior doctors are becoming less experienced in performing some of them.

Data from all junior doctors working in the Northern General Hospital emergency department, Sheffield, during June 2005 and June 2006 showed that the junior doctors were subjectively less experienced in all the procedures measured in 2006 compared to 2005. There were statistically significant reductions in experience of shoulder manipulation, suturing and wound exploration.

The research has been published in the Journal "Emergency Medicine" (2007), volume 24, pages 657-658.

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Suzanne Mason
Senior Clinical Lecturer/Health Services Research

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