January 26, 2009January 26, 2009

Editor's CorrespondenceCOMMENTS AND OPINIONS

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(2):199-205. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2008.566

Whether hospitalists actually improve patient care became the subject of an informative debate in a recent issue of the Archives.1,2 Because hospitalists are internists, their care should not provide relevantly different outcomes from community internists, but to my knowledge, a comparative study has never been done. Perhaps hospitals not yet using hospitalists might be able to design a proper study.