The key principles and characteristics of an effective hospital medicine group: an assessment guide for hospitals and hospitalists

Cawley, Patrick, Deitelzweig, Steven, Flores, Leslie, Miller, Joseph A., Nelson, John, Rissmiller, Scott, Wellikson, Laurence and Whitcomb, Winthrop F. (2014) The key principles and characteristics of an effective hospital medicine group: an assessment guide for hospitals and hospitalists. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 9 2: 123-128. doi:10.1002/jhm.2119


Author Cawley, Patrick
Deitelzweig, Steven
Flores, Leslie
Miller, Joseph A.
Nelson, John
Rissmiller, Scott
Wellikson, Laurence
Whitcomb, Winthrop F.
Title The key principles and characteristics of an effective hospital medicine group: an assessment guide for hospitals and hospitalists
Journal name Journal of Hospital Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1553-5592
1553-5606
Publication date 2014-02
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/jhm.2119
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 123
End page 128
Total pages 6
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND

Despite the growth of hospital medicine, few guidelines exist to guide effective management of hospital medicine groups (HMGs).

METHODS

The Society of Hospital Medicine Board of Directors appointed a workgroup consisting of individuals who have experience with a wide array of HMG models. The workgroup developed an initial draft of characteristics, which then went through a multistep process of review and redrafting. In addition, the workgroup went through a 2-step Delphi process to consolidate characteristics and/or eliminate characteristics that were redundant or unnecessary. Over an 18-month period, a broad group of stakeholders in hospital medicine and the broader healthcare industry provided comments and feedback.

RESULTS

The final framework consists of 47 key characteristics of an effective HMG organized under 10 principles.

CONCLUSIONS

These principles and characteristics provide a framework for HMGs seeking to conduct self-assessments, outlining a pathway for improvement and better defining the central role of hospitalists in coordinating team-based, patient-centered care in the acute-care setting. They are designed to be aspirational, helping to raise the bar for the specialty of hospital medicine.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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