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October 11, 1965

The Office Practice of Internists: IV. Professional Activities Other Than Care of Private Patients

Author Affiliations

From the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sheps is now general director, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York.

JAMA. 1965;194(2):177-181. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090150069017

This paper reports on some elements of a study which was developed in cooperation with the New York State Society of Internal Medicine. This organization was interested in the development of methodology for evaluating the quality of medical care being rendered by their members in their own offices. As a preliminary to the methodological study itself, information on the background and characteristics of the practice of the members of the society was obtained by means of a questionnaire mailed to each member. At the time of the study, the society had 960 members, of whom 505 returned a completed questionnaire to the study group. The nature of the society and the methodology of this study were described in the first paper of this series.1

In the course of many discussions with the society's advisory committee, frequent mention was made of the fact that most internists take part in many