Fit to Perform Study Group | About FtoP
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Fit to Perform

The Fit to Perform (FtoP) Study Group is A collaborative effort of the association of surgeons of The Netherlands, the department of Surgery of The Medical Center Haaglanden in The Hague and the Centre for Human Drug Research in Leiden (NL).


Worldwide, medical professionals work long hours. The alarm clock is set at early hours to start a day full of surgeries and consults, often followed by meetings and, if possible social events and family life. When medical specialists feel exhausted they not only endanger the safety of their patients, it also negatively affects the quality of their own life. Fit to Perform maps the current state of alertness of a large group of Dutch 24/7 specialists. This data can be used as scientific backbone for optimizing patient safety, customizing work hour limitations, and increasing the quality of life of medical professionals.

Over the past 20 years, there have been rapid adjustments of work-hour directives for medical professionals with far-reaching consequences in work scheduling and physician training programs. Interestingly, there is a lack of objective data to support these reforms and there is no validated objective measuring tool to analyse the consequences of these changes. The Fit to Perform (FtoP) study group aims to provide validated measurements of both objective and subjective alertness among medical professionals.

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