Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Dellit TH, Armas-Loughran B, Bosl GJ, Sepkowitz KA, Thaler H, Blaskovich J. A Method for Assessing House Staff Workload as a Function of Length of Stay. JAMA. 2001;286(9):1023–1024. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1019
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