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The primary study concluded that the there are certain factors that influence physician-patient communication. The reference study concluded that hospitalists and primary physicians provided similar care in a hospital setting. Based on the findings of the two studies you have looked at, do you think there is a relationship between the explanatory and response variables? What statistical results are you using to support your decision? In the primary study, the results concluded that all hospital level factors (apart from: the hospital’s specialty status, teaching status, and electronic health record implementation and activity) have a statistically significant association with ratings of communication with physicians. Thus, resulting in a 0.05 significance level. Factors included in the study to predict the poor physician-communication ratings were: hospital size, the hospitalist setting, and for-profit status. Because of this, yes, I do believe there is a relationship between the two types of variables in this research. In the reference study, most of the reviewed articles demonstrated that hospitalists are efficient in inpatient care. This was concluded by reductions in their patients’ average length of stay (69%) and total hospital cost (70%). The quality of hospitalist care is also comparable to their colleagues. Physician staffing levels affect the quality of physician communication with patients. Due to these results, I do not believe that there is a relationship between the two types of variables. 7
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1 How does this study further our knowledge of the topic you are reporting on? Both studies helped further understanding by providing us with the hospital level factors that are thought to influence physician communication. The studies also help us to further understand that hospitalists provide similar quality of care as regular physicians. Based on this information, what new questions arise? What other studies need to be done in order to determine if there really is or is not a relationship between the variables of interest? Primary article: What other hospital factors could contribute to poor physician communication? Reference article: I believe further research needs to be done to determine what biases could be influencing the results. 8
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1 References Heather White, R. G. (2011). Do hospitalist physicians improve the quality of inpatient care delivery? A systematic review of process, efficiency, and outcome measures. BMC Medicine , 9:58. Mona Al-Amin, S. M. (2016). The effects of hospital-level factors on patients' ratings of physician communication. Journal of Healthcare Management , 28-43. 9
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  • Summer '15
  • inpatient care, final project article, Mona Al-Amin

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