ROBERT G. RATE, M.D.
To the editor: The editorial by Lawrence (1) in the February issue makes the point that "data are lacking for . . . the quality of practitioner performance" for both family practice and primary care internal medicine. "Documentation of the quality of practice is essential . . ." but difficult.
Since 1976, the medical staff of the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Keams Canyon, Arizona, has made an excellent attempt to document the quality of medical care practiced at this rural 35-bed Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals-accredited facility. Seventeen physicians have served since 1976 as general medical officers
RATE RG. Quality of Care. Ann Intern Med. ;95:238. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-238_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):238.
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