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GIM Assistant Professor and Hospitalist Dr. Henry Michtalik has been fielding questions from reporters since Monday’s appearance in the Online First edition of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine) of the article “Impact of Attending Physician Workload on Patient Care: A Survey of Hospitalists” of which he is the first-named author. The results of the survey he conducted reveal that forty percent of hospitalists report unsafe workloads at least monthly. This and other findings of the study reveal respondents’ concerns about high caseloads impacting patient safety, outcomes and satisfaction. The article concludes that hospitals should focus more attention on the workload of attending physicians.
Other GIM faculty members who co-authored this study are Jessica Yeh, PhD, and Daniel Brotman, MD. Dr. Michtalik was interviewed about the findings on CNN News yesterday evening.
Further press reports of the study’s findings have appeared in the sources below:
Johns Hopkins Medicine Press Release: Hospitalists nationwide suggest daily workload may be adversely impacting the safety and quality of patient care
News@JAMA: Excessive Workloads for Hospitalists Are Common and Put Patients at Risk
U.S. News & World Report: 1 in 5 Hospital Docs Reports 'Unsafe' Workloads: Study
The Washington Post: Doctors Say Excessive Workloads Put Hospital Patients at Risk