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Title: The Role of the Hospitalist in Healthcare
Authors: Gordon, Arkel F.
Keywords: Public Health;Hospitalists
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2012
Abstract: The hospitalist model, first implemented in 1996, is a new specialization created to help the PCP reduce time spent in hospital visitation by 30% to 40% along with length of stay and inpatient costs. In this presentation we examine whether the use of hospitalists has improved the quality of inpatient care in hospitals where the model has been implemented. To explore this hypothesis, literature review along with a series of interviews were conducted with Cooper University Hospital (CUH) and Camden Coalition (CC) staff members- 3 Social Workers, 3 Nurses, 2 Physicians, 1 Nurse Practitioner and 1 Hospitalist. The aim was to assess whether the hospitalist model has improved the inpatient care at CUH. All ten persons interviewed reported that hospitalists serve as navigators throughout the hospital stay. Nine persons interviewed see the hospitalists addressing the needs of their patients effectively while one person concluded the opposite. Nine persons interviewed stated that hospitalists are effective in providing immediate acute inpatient care. Graphs were then developed through the NVivo9 software by coding all of the interviewer’s perception regarding quality and financial terms. The end result is that the hospitalist model is beneficial and effective in a hospital setting. Future studies should continue to examine the evolving hospitalist role related to inpatient safety, quality and cost-effectiveness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3921
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