Does Practice Make
The benefits of busy hospitals
Patients with ailments ranging
from heart attacks to AIDS tend to do better at hospitals that treat
higher numbers of patients with such ailments, though it's not clear
Collette, L., et al. 1999. Impact of the treating institution
on survival of patients with "poor-prognosis" metastatic nonseminoma.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute 91(May 19):839.
Norton, E.C., et al. 1998. The effect of hospital volume on
the in-hospital complication rate in knee replacement patients. Health
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Thiemann, D.R., et al. 1999. The association between hospital
volume and survival after acute myocardial infarction in elderly patients.
New England Journal of Medicine 340(May 27):1640.
U.S. General Accounting Office. 1998. Specialty Care: Heart attack
survivors treated by cardiologists more likely to take recommended
drugs. Report to Congessional Requesters (December).
Begg, C.B., et al. 1998. Impact of hospital volume on operative
mortality for major cancer surgery. Journal of the American Medical
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Nash, I.S., et al. 1999. Generalist versus specialist care
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David R. Thiemann
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins Hospital
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