, Volume 13, Issue 11, pp 774-777

Economic effects of community versus hospital-based faculty pneumonia care

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Abstract

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.

Presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, May 1997.