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August 4, 2015

It’s July, So Here’s Another Article on ‘the July Effect’ pronounces that “The July effect is real: new doctors really do make hospitals more dangerous” in an article posted yesterday. As the site points out, the term “is shorthand for the supposed spike in medical mistakes at hospitals during the month of July — right when millions of medical residents start new jobs.”

Other publications have taken a crack at the topic in recent years; perhaps surprisingly, they’re not all from July. They sometimes cluster around a release of a study:

Time, July 2011: The July Effect: Why Summer is the Most Dangerous Time to Go to the Hospital

CNN, July 2011: Why you should never go to the hospital in July

Forbes, July 2011: What Is the “July Effect” – And Can It Really Kill You?

ABC, June 2010: The ‘July Effect': Worst Month For Fatal Hospital Errors, Study Finds

New York Times, February 2013: Focus on Hospitals’ ‘July Effect’

NPR, February 2013: Should You Fear The ‘July Effect’ Of First-Time Doctors At Hospitals?





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