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Estimation of Duration of Treatment
Because of the expense involved, the krankenkassen are interested in determining the average duration of clinical treatment. While, for various reasons, such estimates must be looked on with great caution, it may not be out of place to give some of those found in recent reports of investigations of the krankenkassen. The average duration of hospitalization and convalescence following uncomplicated surgical operations, according to these computations, is from eight to ten days. In appendicitis, without abscess formation, dismissal from the hospital can be effected on the tenth day, at the latest. In operations for hernia, a hospital stay of about fourteen days and incapacity to work extending over from three to four weeks can be expected. In operations on simple goiters, eight days of sickness need not ordinarily be exceeded, while the regaining of working capacity will require from two to three weeks. Removal of
BERLIN. JAMA. 1933;101(17):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740420047020