Bruce M. Bucher, M.D.; Paul M. Gertman, M.D.; David L. Rabin, M.D.
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Patient hospital days by certain patient, disease, physician, and hospital characteristics are described, and a-priori criteria are used to judge appropriateness of each patient hospital day. The study was conducted on the acute internal medicine service of a metropolitan general hospital. The basic instrument was a 35-item questionnaire answered daily by the patient's physician during the hospitalization. Specific information was elicited about physician care, nursing care, medications, consultation, laboratory and special diagnostic tests, X rays, and administrative circumstances during the previous 24 hours of hospitalization. The physician was asked which of the foregoing services or circumstances was the major reason
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Bucher BM, Gertman PM, Rabin DL. Inappropriate Patient Hospital Days Related to Patient, Disease, Physician, and Hospital Characteristics.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:855. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-855_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):855.
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