Shorter rotations for attending physicians reduced burnout and emotional exhaustion without leading to an increase in unplanned patient revisits, according to a new study.
The study, published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, compared two-week and four-week inpatient rotations for 62 attending physicians at a teaching hospital in 2009.
Attending physicians have traditionally been assigned to trainees for four weeks, but the "projected trend" is toward shorter rotations.
The researchers indicated in the study that shorter rotations did not affect patients and had better benefits for the physician. However, house staff and medical students gave attending physicians lower scores in their ability to evaluate trainees during a two-week rotation.