Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: I agree with Drs Wachter and
Goldman1 about the need for "rigorous analysis
of the evidence"of the hospitalist movement. This analysis should be extended
to review some dimensions that have not been considered in most of the studies
to date. Three potential areas of study come to mind. First, what will happen
to the patient-physician relationship over the long term when a personal physician
is not involved in the patient's health care at its most critical times? Perhaps
the nonhospital physician would then be less effective in altering health
habits and behaviors or averting the unnecessary use of technologies.
Beasley JW. Advantages and Limitations of the Hospitalist Movement. JAMA. 2002;287(16):2073-2076. doi:10.1001/jama.287.16.2073