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湲고- 씪諛섎궡怨
The Korean Journal of Medicine 2015;89(1): 1-5.
誘멸뎅쓽 샇뒪뵾깉由ъ뒪듃 쓲由꾧낵 븳援삎 샇뒪뵾깉由ъ뒪듃 룄엯諛⑹븞
옣꽦씤1,2, 옣꽍슜1,2, 諛뺤泥1,2
1뿰꽭븰援 쓽怨쇰븰 삁諛⑹쓽븰援먯떎
2뿰꽭븰援 쓽怨쇰븰 蹂닿굔젙梨 諛 愿由ъ뿰援ъ냼
Trends of US Hospitalist and Suggestions for Introduction of Korean Hospitalist
Sung-In Jang1,2, Suk-yong Jang1,2, Eun-Cheol Park1,2
1Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Institute of Health Services Research, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Eun-Cheol Park ,Tel: +82-2-2228-1862, Fax: +82-2-392-8133, Email: Ecpark@yuhs.ac
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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ABSTRACT
A gap in the number of physicians caring for inpatients is expected in 2014 based on the restricted working hours for Korean medical residents. One potential solution is the use of hospitalists. The US hospitalist movement has proliferated due to high-quality care and economics. This movement has brought positive changes including a shorter length of hospital stay, increased quality of care, and greater patient satisfaction. Because the Korean government controls all suppliers and maintains a low financial compensation level for universal coverage, hospitals do not have the financial resources to introduce hospitalists. Therefore, in contrast to the US, the use of hospitalists must be developed as a cost-compensated system in Korea. Institutional strategies must be introduced to develop a hospitalist system in Korea. A hospitalist system in Korea would be distinct from that in the US. Further studies and specific strategies are needed that consider Korea셲 circumstances to effectively introduce a hospitalist system.
Keywords: Hospitalists; Korean hospitalist system; Inpatient care; Hospital medicine; Hospitals
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