Mayo Clinic Proceedings provided another addition to the growing literature on hospitalist care with this study of hip fracture surgery, comparing hospitalists with traditional primary care physicians for medical consultation. Hospitalist consultation was associated with statistically significant reductions in time to consultation and time to surgery. Cost and length of stay reductions were not statistically significant. Previous literature has suggested that reduced time to surgery is associated with better outcomes.
The discussion section describes practice patterns of hospitalists at the study site (Mayo Clinic Jacksonville) and speculates how hospitalists might improve outcomes for surgical patients.