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The Complexity of Measuring Clinical Complexity

Barbara J. Turner, MD, MSEd, MA; and Leona Cuttler, MD
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From University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and University Health System, San Antonio, TX 78229, and Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-2615.

Requests for Single Reprints: Barbara J. Turner, MD, MSEd, MA, 7411 John Smith Road, Suite 1050, San Antonio, TX 78229; e-mail, turner@uthscsa.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Turner: 7411 John Smith Road, Suite 1050, San Antonio, TX 78229.

Dr. Cuttler: The Center for Child Health and Policy, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Suite 737, Mailstop RB&C 6004, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(12):851-852. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-155-12-201112200-00009
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In this issue, Grant and colleagues asked PCPs for their subjective assessment of clinical complexity among a random sample of their own patients. The editorialists discuss the challenges in measuring clinical complexity, describe the study's findings and limitations, and conclude that the article broadens our understanding of patient complexity.

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