ARTHUR R. COLWELL SR., M.D.; GEORGE KARL FENN, M.D.
General interest in evaluating the quality of medical performance in the hospitals of this country has increased significantly during the last decade or so. Among the reasons for this are a fourfold increase in the number of hospital admissions during the last 30 years (table 1), growing initiative by various medical organizations, and availability of federal funds for hospital construction and research project grants.
Appraisal of the quality of medical practice must be done by physicians, of course. With increasing specialization each group must judge (or develop methods for others to judge) the performance of their colleagues. The pioneering efforts
COLWELL AR, FENN GK. STANDARDS OF PRACTICE OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: METHODS OF JUDGING ITS QUALITY IN HOSPITALS1. Ann Intern Med. ;51:821–832. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-4-821
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