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December 31, 1960

Decision Making in Hospital Administration and Medical Care: A Casebook

JAMA. 1960;174(18):2246. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030180066034

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This is a casebook written in answer to the need for current, practical material in the field of hospital administration. The cases come from consultations by Hamilton Associates, the hospitalmanagement consulting firm associated with the University of Minnesota.

The five groups of cases are concerned with ( 1) determining the need for hospital facilities, (2) establishing a new general hospital, (3) handling the external relations of a hospital, (4) organizing the internal operations of a hospital, (5) and making changes as the hospital adapts itself to the dynamics of the environment. The last chapter is comprised of 96 "curbstone cases." These are short case reports demanding both immediate action and unusual candor.

Each case report is followed by pertinent questions that clearly ferret out the central issues. Following these, even larger numbers of complementary questions are presented in such a way that the full teaching value can be extracted from each

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