BOSTON, MA — If you're in the hospital, you may find yourself under
the care of a hospitalist: a physician who manages your care in the
hospital, then transfers responsibility back to your regular doctor
when you're discharged. Although some clinicians worry that this system
may disrupt the traditional doctor-patient relationship, many agree
that hospitalists can better attend to the needs of hospitalized
patients and more effectively navigate the increasingly complex
hospital system. However, close communication between the hospitalist
and your regular doctor is crucial, reports the December 2006 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.
term "hospitalist" was introduced 10 years ago to describe "a new breed
of physicians" that provide care only in the hospital setting. Now,
it's the fastest growing medical specialty in the United States.
Hospitalists complete medical school and postgraduate training in
internal medicine, family practice, or pediatrics.
a hospitalist is likely to provide up-to-date and efficient treatment,
ensuring communication and continuity of care takes extra effort—by
everyone. Some things you can do:
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