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J Gen Intern Med. Nov 1998; 13(11): 774–777.
PMCID: PMC1497025

Economic Effects of Community Versus Hospital-Based Faculty Pneumonia Care


To compare the length of stay and charges for patients with pneumonia admitted in 1995 to the teaching and nonteaching services of a Northeastern teaching hospital, we reviewed the charts of 237 patients. Patients cared for by hospital-based generalists working with housestaff (teaching service) were discharged more quickly and with lower or equivalent charges than patients cared for by community-based attending physicians working either with housestaff (private teaching service) or alone (nonteaching service). Academic teaching services staffed by general medicine faculty may provide efficient inpatient pneumonia care.

Keywords: pneumonia, cost of care; hospital-based generalists; community-based generalists; teaching service; hospitalists

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