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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2011 Sep-Oct;49(5):527-31.

[Hospital stay in internal medicine hospitalist function].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Unidad de Investigación Clínica y Epidemiología, Hospital General Regional 20, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. zonanaa@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

hospitalists are physicians who focus all of their clinical efforts on the management of hospital inpatients.

OBJECTIVE:

to evaluate if the presence of hospitalist physicians is associated with a shorter length of stay (LOS).

METHODS:

hospitalized patients in the Internal Medicine Department of two second care government hospitals. LOS was defined as ≥ 9 days and hospital admission was classified as medical and nonmedical.

RESULTS:

the principal cause of longer nonmedical LOS was delay of medical or surgical procedures. The hospital with hospitalists had significantly lower frequency of LOS (26 % versus 34 %, p = 0.05), higher number of weekends discharges (35 % versus 21 %, p = 0.01) and minor days of hospitalization 6.3 ± 5.2 versus 8.0 ± 6.2, p = 0.002) compared to the hospital without hospitalists.

CONCLUSIONS:

the hospitalist model tends toward more cost-effective patient care.

PMID:
22185855
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