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August 9, 1947

Better Hospital Care for the Ambulant Patient

JAMA. 1947;134(15):1273-1274. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880320063025

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A survey of outpatient services rendered by voluntary hospitals was conducted by the Special Committee on Hospital Clinic Services of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. While the survey was confined to Pennsylvania, the recommendations apply to voluntary hospitals generally. As a study of services and facilities, it is somewhat less detailed than seems necessary. Outpatient clinics and group practice clinics in connection with hospital services are considered in detail. The function of the voluntary hospital in restoring the usefulness of handicapped persons is carefully presented. The health center idea and the problem of dental care are related briefly in terms of hospital services. One is impressed by the committee's evaluation of the voluntary hospital as the center for all voluntary health services. According to the committee "the hospital of the future must not be a single, independent institution, but part of a system of health service, coordinated functionally and administratively

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