Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but increased numbers of hospital- and community-based physicians may help patients live longer.
In the June 5 BMJ, researchers from the Imperial College School of Medicine in London and Harvard Medical School in Boston reported that a higher ratio of physicians to patients translated into lower hospital mortality rates. Their study examined 7.7 million discharges from 183 English hospitals in the National Health Service. During the 4-year study period from 1991 to 1995, death rates among the hospitals ranged from 3.4% to 13.6% of admissions.
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