HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Efficiency, not more doctors, is the prescription for aging population

base to examine the experience of chronically-ill people who received most of their medical care at academic medical centers, the researchers calculated the physician workforce inputs per patient during their last 6 months of life. Their analysis found that the full-time equivalent physician input per 1,000 chronically-ill patients varied by a factor of five, from about 6 per 1,000 to almost 30 per 1,000.

For example, patients treated at the Mayo Clinic used fewer than 9 physicians on average, among the lowest in the country. By contrast, patients treated at New York University Medical Center, another medical school-affiliated facility, used 28.3 physicians per 1,000 in the 6 months before death.

"Both of these models can't be 'the best'" way to provide medical care to the chronically ill," Goodman said. "We believe that, in fact, less is more, and that quality of care, rather than quantity, is the critical factor"

The research focuses on the management of severe chronic illness because it is the area where health care resources are most heavily used--about half of Medicare's budget goes to the care of chronically-ill Americans. Additionally, the need for such management is expected to increase as the population ages and baby boomers acquire a growing number of ailments such as Type II diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Prior studies by CECS, published in the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, have demonstrated that in some parts of the country, people with severe chronic illnesses receive more physician care in visits, hospitalizations, and procedures than people who live in areas with fewer physicians per capita. But contrary to popular belief, patients who have more doctor visits and treatments do not realize a benefit. Indeed, evidence shows they may actually be harmed by unnecessary medical care, Goodman said. If all medical practices adopted the practice style and resource use of ef
'"/>

Contact: Andy Nordhoff
Mednews@dartmouth.edu
603-653-0784
Dartmouth Medical School
7-Mar-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Drug company sales visits influenced doctors, study finds
2. Controlling prescription drug expenditures: a case report of success
3. Researchers find deadly prescription drug effects 6 years before FDA
4. Drug labels are prescriptions for mistakes
5. OPICAN study in seven Canadian cities reveals prescription opioid abuse more prevalent than heroin
6. New study on relationship between literacy and understanding of prescription labels
7. FDA approves prescription Zaditor for over-the-counter relief from itchy eyes
8. UGA researchers find high rates of off-label prescriptions
9. Hormones could be prescription for living longer
10. US suicide rates fell as fluoxetine prescriptions increased
11. Mayo Clinic leaders offer health reform vision, prescriptions

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Efficiency not more doctors the prescription for aging population

(Date:8/27/2014)... Lighthouse Payment Services Inc ., ... it will exhibit its image-based lockbox services at the ... convention in beautiful Lake Placid, New York from ... be held at the Lake Placid Convention Center and ... options in addition to a variety of vendors exhibiting ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... CT (PRWEB) August 27, 2014 Do brands ... International is about to shed some light on the topic ... to members of the Brand Activation Association and ... marketing company polled hundreds of consumers to learn what types ... biggest impact on influencing a potential buying decision. While the ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... Beginning in September, K9 Dog Park ... an interactive, fun way for daycare dogs to learn and ... Dog Park Doggy Daycare clients who bring their dogs into ... Clients will be able to watch their dogs compete through ... compete in D.O.G. will win prizes as will the trainers ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... one of the leading purveyors of real and synthetic hair wigs, ... all its products, for the coming Labor Day. , People searching ... hair products in two ways: when they spend more than ... code LABOR10; while when they spend more than $299, they can ... coupon code is needed when securely checkout, there are about 50 ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... They say knowledge is power, and a new UCLA study ... to men making the best decisions about how to treat ... aren,t well educated about their disease have a much more ... that could negatively impact the quality of their care and ... wake-up call for physicians, who can use the findings to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:CRN Set To Release Poll Results On What Marketing Tactics Prompt Consumers To Buy 2Health News:K9 Dog Park Announces Launch Of Daycare Olympic Games – D.O.G. 2Health News:K9 Dog Park Announces Launch Of Daycare Olympic Games – D.O.G. 3Health News:K9 Dog Park Announces Launch Of Daycare Olympic Games – D.O.G. 4Health News:UniWigs Is Offering A Big Sale for Labor Day on All Its Products 2Health News:Men who are uneducated about their prostate cancer have difficulty making good treatment choices 2Health News:Men who are uneducated about their prostate cancer have difficulty making good treatment choices 3
(Date:8/26/2014)... , Aug. 27, 2014 Higher ... insurance are fuelling the demand for medical devices ... rise of medical tourism, the inflow of patients ... The market will continue its steady ascent as ... age-related and non-communicable diseases, compelling significant investments in ...
(Date:8/26/2014)... plc (NYSE: ACT ), a leading global specialty ... and President of Actavis, will provide an overview and update ... Conference 2014 in New York, NY . ... presentation will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at ... 109 East 42 nd Street, New York, ...
(Date:8/26/2014)... -- Research and Markets  has announced the addition ... report to their offering. Intranasal drug ... administration of drugs for the treatment of local diseases ... and non-allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. The nose is considered ... and systematic drug delivery. Continuous technological ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Frost & Sullivan: Change in Demographics and Surge in Domestic Manufacturing Drive Asia-Pacific Medical Devices Market 2Frost & Sullivan: Change in Demographics and Surge in Domestic Manufacturing Drive Asia-Pacific Medical Devices Market 3Frost & Sullivan: Change in Demographics and Surge in Domestic Manufacturing Drive Asia-Pacific Medical Devices Market 4Actavis to Present at Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference 2014 2Global Intranasal Drug Delivery Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Becton, Dickinson and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Novartis 2Global Intranasal Drug Delivery Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Becton, Dickinson and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Novartis 3
Cached News: