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November 22, 1965

QUALITY OF PATIENT CARE

JAMA. 1965;194(8):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090210068019

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Abstract

Most applications for approval of internship and residency programs are supported by the statement that this will "improve the quality of medical care" in the particular hospital or service concerned. A properly organized and satisfactory educational program for interns and residents does in fact improve medical care in two ways. One is through the availability of competent professional services in the hospital every hour of every day for routine and emergency service on the wards and in the emergency room. The other is through the effect of the training program and the presence of trainees on the actual hospital practice of the attending staff. More thorough work-ups, better records, and more carefully planned therapeutic as well as follow-up programs result when the teaching staff functions within an organized educational program and under the critical scrutiny of interns, residents, and their supervisors.

Much of the present concern in the area of

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