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A Piece of My Mind
May 11, 2005


JAMA. 2005;293(18):2193. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2193

Everyone accepts the data: hospitalists lower costs and reduce length of stay without affecting patient outcomes or satisfaction. Administrators endorse the system because of increased efficiency and productivity. Many physicians in practice have embraced the idea, as it frees them up from inefficient hospital rounds. Most teaching hospitals use hospitalists to train their residents and students. Admittedly, at some level the hospitalist system makes my life easier. It is less hectic when I can concentrate on seeing my outpatients without getting interrupting pages from residents or consultants caring for my inpatients. This makes me more efficient and productive as well.

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