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
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: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-855_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):855.
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