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Table 2 Beliefs of survey respondents regarding current resident work hours and opinions about appropriate work hours

From: US public opinion regarding proposed limits on resident physician work hours

  Average hours respondents thought residents DO work (95% CI) Maximum hours respondents believed residents SHOULD work (95% CI)
Duration of individual work shifts (hours):   
8 or less 19 (17 to 22) 32 (29 to 34)
9-12 49 (46 to 52) 53 (50 to 56)
13-18 18 (15 to 20) 6 (5 to 8)
19-23 3 (2 to 5) 1 (0.8 to 2)
≥24 5 (4 to 7) 2 (1 to 3)
Don't know 6 (5 to 7) 5 (4 to 7)
Weekly resident work hours:   
40 or less 21 (18 to 23) 35 (32 to 38)
41-59 16 (14 to 19) 29 (26 to 31)
60-79 31 (28 to 34) 22 (20 to 25)
≥80 18 (16 to 20) 5 (4 to 7)
Don't know 14 (12 to 16) 9 (7 to 10)