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July 8, 1916

STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING THE SUITABILITY OF PATIENTS FOR ADMISSION TO A FREE DISPENSARY

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(2):85-91. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590020001001
Abstract

It is the purpose of this paper to discuss the results of a study of outpatient clinics, and it deals in particular with the standards adopted by the Washington University Dispensary for judging the financial suitability of applicants for admission.

THE PROBLEM  In December, 1914, three distinct outpatient clinics connected with the Washington University Medical School or its affiliated hospitals were merged into one dispensary, moved to a new location in a distant part of the city and the old clinics closed. Although a comprehensive system of records and administration was prepared in advance, a number of conditions arose requiring study and adjustment. Among the more complex of these was the question of the suitability of patients for admission. The old clinics were located in the poorer portion of the city and in part in what is now the negro segregation district, while the new clinic is in the residential

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