DONALD E. WARREN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Greater demands are being placed on the community hospital and the practicing physician by an increasing population, a more sophisticated public with increasing medical demands, and an ever increasing bulk of medical knowledge. Only by a closer cooperation among the medical center, the community hospital, and the practicing physician can we accomplish the aims of all three—namely, that of providing the best possible medical care for all people. Four areas in which there should be further study and closer cooperation are suggested. These include training physicians to see more people in a shorter period of time and yet improve the quality of the patient care, another level of physicians requiring different and much shorter training for routine medical care, and better continuing education as well as mechanisms to upgrade those physicians who are not prepared to take care of the seriously ill or complex patient.
WARREN DE. The Relation Between the Community Hospital and the Medical Center. Ann Intern Med. 1968;69:973–979. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-5-973
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(5):973-979.
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