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Hospitalists in Children's Hospitals: What We Know Now and What We Need to Know

Authors: 
Freed GL, Uren RL
Year: 
2006
Journal: 
Journal of Pediatrics
Pub Med #: 
Abstract: 

The concept of hospitalists was made popular in 1996 by Robert Wachter, who defined them as physicians who spend at least 25% of their time serving as the physician of record for inpatients, during which time they accept handoffs of hospitalized patients from primary care providers (PCPs), returning the patients to their PCPs at the time of hospital discharge.1 More recently, the hospitalists’ professional association, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), defined the hospitalist as a physician whose primary focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients and whose responsibilities also include teaching, research, and leadership related to hospital care.