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Am J Med. 2001 Dec 21;111(9B):40S-42S.

The "continuity visit" and the hospitalist model of care.

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Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA.


Previous analyses have focused on the importance of hospitalist-primary care physician communication to mitigate the harms of discontinuity when hospitalists care for inpatients. We believe that both patients and physicians may benefit if primary physicians visit patients (or at least speak directly to them) during hospitalizations when a hospitalist is the physician-of-record. We propose calling such encounters the "continuity visit" to emphasize that the visit is not purely "social." Moreover, we encourage research on the value of continuity visits and recommend compensation if research establishes that these visits improve the efficiency and quality of inpatient care or patient satisfaction and comfort.

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