Tuesday, December 5, 2017

When the Doctor's Away

When you are hospitalized and the regular doctor is out sick, on vacation or at a scientific conference, you are increasingly likely to receive treatment not from the doctor’s colleague or another hospital staff physician but by an outsider hired to fill in like a substitute school teacher.

The growing trend – a multi-billion-dollar industry – is fueled by physician staffing shortages and shifting employment patterns.  But do these temps – so-called “locum tenens” physicians – provide the same level of care as the doctors they are filling in for?

Link to full HMS release on study led by MGH physicians Anupam Jena and Daniel Blumenthal.

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