With reference to the excellent article by Kearns et al1 in the January 22, 2001, issue of the ARCHIVES, the absence of differences in length of stay, outcome, and utilization of resources comes as a welcome reinforcement for the job done by attending physicians who supervise patient care for only a few months each year. It dampens somewhat the enthusiasm for the purported greater efficiency and quality of hospital-based physicians who attend 10 months per year.
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