Thursday, February 05, 2009

ICU utilization in patients with terminal lung cancer: the effects of discontinuity of care

The hospitalist model of care is one of discontinuity by design. Much attention has been focused on the patient safety hazards associated with this discontinuity. Researchers reporting recently in the Archives of internal Medicine uncovered another downside. Care by a hospitalist was associated with 57% increased odds of terminal patients spending their final admission in the ICU!

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