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Hospital Medicine: Flexible Schedule for Better Patient Care
HealthLeaders Media

Want to improve satisfaction ratings among hospitalized patients? Try this: limit the number of hospitalists that a patient sees on any given day.

Rather than considering hospitalists as interchangeable cogs in the healthcare system, this approach allows the hospitalist to establish a relationship with the patient.

“What percentage of patients at your hospital see only one daytime hospitalist?” asked John Nelson, MD, a consultant at Nelson Flores Hospital Medicine Consultants, medical director at the Overlake Hospital Medicine Center in Bellevue, Wash., and co-founder of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Nelson spoke at a Hospital Medicine conference here.