UCSF conference examines the impact of 'hospitalists' on doctor-patient relationship

August 21, 1999

UCSF will sponsor a conference that will examine the impact of hospitalists --physicians who focus on the care of hospitalized patients -- on the relationship between doctors and patients on September 22-23.

The conference,"The Patient-Provider Relationship and the Hospitalist Movement," will include leaders in managed care, patient advocacy, informatics, bioethics and the hospitalist movement.

The hospitalist is a departure from the way doctors traditionally functioned in the hospital. In the past, patients' primary care physicians managed their inpatient care.

"This model of care is rapidly emerging as the dominant system of care in the U.S., however there has been little discussion on the effect on patients and doctors, especially those caused by the discontinuity in care," said Robert Wachter, MD, UCSF associate professor of medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics, associate chair of the UCSF Department of Medicine, and chair of the conference.

The conference will address the discontinuity in care patients experience with this model of care and the effect it may have on the relationship between patients and their doctors, the role of the primary care physician on inpatient care, and how to improve this new model of care.

Dates: September 22-23
Time: 8 am to 5 pm each day
Location: Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Some of the scheduled speakers and titles of their presentations include: The conference is sponsored by the UCSF department of medicine and supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Patient-Provider Initiative. Steve Pantilat, MD, UCSF assistant clinical professor of medicine is co-chair of the conference.

Media interested in attending the conference should contact Lordelyn P. del Rosario in the UCSF News Office 415-476-2557.

University of California - San Francisco

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