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Hospitalist Care Linked To Shorter Hospital Stays For Patients

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Hospitalist Care

Patients at an academic medical center who are cared for by a hospital-based general physician may have a shorter length of hospital stay than those who are not, especially if the patients require close monitoring or complex discharge planning, according to a report in the September 24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Pressure to control costs has led more academic medical centers to hire hospital-based physicians, known as hospitalists, according to background information in the article. These clinicians provide care for medical inpatients and staff medical teaching rounds.

William N. Southern, M.D., M.S., and colleagues at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., reviewed data on all patients discharged from a 381-bed teaching hospital between July 1, 2002, and June 30, 2004. The patients were assigned to either a hospitalist or non-hospitalist team by a senior admitting resident at the time of admission. The teams were identical except for the type of physician conducting the rounds. Data on the patients