Physicians’ reports of focused expertise in clinical practice
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- Keating, N.L., Zaslavsky, A.M. & Ayanian, J.Z. J GEN INTERN MED (2000) 15: 417. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.2000.08003.x
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Little is known about the prevalence of focused expertise (special areas of expertise within a clinical field) among physicians, yet such expertise may influence how care is delivered. We surveyed general internists, pediatricians, cardiologists, infectious disease specialists, and orthopedic surgeons to describe the prevalence of focused expertise and identify associated physician and practice characteristics. About one quarter of generalists and three quarters of specialists reported a focused expertise within their primary specialty. Hospital-based physicians more often reported such expertise, and physicians reimbursed by capitation less often reported expertise. Learning how focused expertise affects processes and outcomes of care will contribute to decisions about physician training and staffing of medical groups.