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September 5, 2001

A Method for Assessing House Staff Workload as a Function of Length of Stay

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(9):1023-1024. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1019

To the Editor: Traditionally, the daily inpatient census has been used to determine medical house staff workload. However, recent fundamental changes in the practice of medicine have resulted in substantially shorter lengths of stay (LOS), more technologic interventions, and a preference for outpatient treatment whenever possible.1,2 These changes have resulted in a concentration of activities during a given hospitalization and more coordination between inpatient and outpatient activities.