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Study examines impact of primary-care workforce size on hospitalization, mortality rates
Modern Healthcare

Having a larger primary-care workforce was associated with fewer hospitalizations for Medicare beneficiaries—though measurement of the workforce was problematic and differences in mortality rates were not significantly associated with the number of available adult primary-care doctors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., and the University of Toronto used two measures to gauge the primary-care workforce in ZIP code-defined service areas: