Robert J. Wolosin

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BACKGROUND The number of hospitalists in the US is growing rapidly, yet little is known about their worklife to inform whether hospital medicine is a viable long-term career for physicians. OBJECTIVE Determine current satisfaction levels among hospitalists. DESIGN Survey study. METHODS A national random stratified sample of 3,105 potential(More)
BACKGROUND Hospitals use patient satisfaction surveys to assess their quality of care. A key question is whether these data provide valid information about the medically related quality of hospital care. The objective of this study was to determine whether patient satisfaction is associated with adherence to practice guidelines and outcomes for acute(More)
This study examines elderly and advanced elderly inpatients' perceptions of acute care service quality, prioritises opportunities for quality improvement, and assesses variation in patients' satisfaction with care. Psychometrically-validated postal questionnaires were sent to random samplings of patients discharged from the US acute care facilities in 2002(More)
BACKGROUND Observers predict that the influx of women into the medical profession will alter the way in which medicine is practiced, incorporating more "feminine" values of caring, listening to patients, and patient centeredness, in contrast to the "masculine" values of curing, dictating to patients, and care provider centeredness. Consequently, patient(More)
BACKGROUND The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations standards for pain management for hospitals took effect on January 1, 2001. A study was conductedto determine whether, and to what degree, patients' ratings of their satisfaction with pain control had changed during the four years after implementation of the Joint Commission(More)
Little research has examined the relationship between addressing older adults' spiritual needs and overall satisfaction with service provision during hospitalization, despite the importance of spirituality and religion to most older adults. This study examined this relationship, in tandem with the effects of eight potential mediators. Toward this end,(More)
Little is known about the current status of hospitalized patients' perceptions of safety or what affects them. This study analyzes safety ratings data of more than 600,000 patients. After describing how patients rate their safety in US acute care hospitals, we delineate the greatest opportunities for improving patient experiences of safety in hospitals. In(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to investigate how domains of patient satisfaction in hospitals predict Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) global rating scores to support hospital administrators in dealing with reimbursement changes. BACKGROUND Medicare's inpatient value-based purchasing program ties a(More)
A brief, simple intervention designed to increase the adherence of female patients to their physicians' recommendations for screening mammograms was tested in several midwestern sites. Compared with a control group in which women were examined, told about mammography, and instructed to make an appointment for themselves, an intervention that scheduled(More)
BACKGROUND Nearly two-thirds of hospitals in the United States are served by hospitalist physicians. How hospitalist work patterns and job satisfaction vary across various practice models is unknown. METHODS We administered the Hospitalist Worklife Survey to a randomized stratified sample of 3105 potential hospitalists and 662 hospitalist members of 3(More)