Effects of caregiver specialty on cost and clinical outcomes following hospitalization for heart failure.

@article{Harjai1998EffectsOC,
  title={Effects of caregiver specialty on cost and clinical outcomes following hospitalization for heart failure.},
  author={Kishore J Harjai and Laila M. Boulos and Frank W. Smart and T. Turgut and Marie A Krousel-Wood and Dwight D. Stapleton and Mandeep R Mehra and Joseph P. Murgo and Hector O. Ventura},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={82 1},
  pages={82-5}
}
In 614 consecutive hospitalizations with the primary discharge diagnosis of diagnosis-related group (DRG) 127 (heart failure and shock), we sought to assess the effect of caregiver specialty (generalist, n = 217; cardiologist, n = 397) on hospital costs, length of stay, and in-hospital mortality. Patients treated by cardiologists were younger (68 vs 71 years) and less likely to have hypertension (52% vs 61%), but were more likely to be men (61% vs 44%), require an intensive care stay (13% vs 5… CONTINUE READING

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