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Key principles & characteristics of an effective hospital medicine group: assessment guide for hospitals & hospitalists

The Society for Hospital Medicine has developed a framework of 10 key principles involving 47 characteristics to guide an assessment of a hospitalist group. An effective group is based on these key principles:

  1. Effective leadership
  2. Engaged hospitalists
  3. Adequate resources
  4. Effective planning and management infrastructure
  5. Aligned with the hospital and/or system
  6. Supports care coordination across care settings
  7. Plays leadership role in addressing the hospital or system’s key clinical issues: teaching, quality, safety, efficiency, and the patient/family experience
  8. Takes a thoughtful and rational approach to its scope of clinical activities
  9. Has a practice model that is patient/family-centered, team-based, and emphasizes effective communication and care coordination
  10. Recruits and retains qualified clinicians

The 47 characteristics expand on the core principles, and the rationale for each characteristic is explained.

Sources:

Cawley P and other. The key principles and characteristics of an effective medicine group: an assessment guide for hospitals and hospitalists. Journal of Hospital Medicine, vol. 9, no. 2, Feb. 2014, p. 123-128. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jhm.2119/abstract

The key principles and characteristics of an effective medicine group: an assessment guide for hospitals and hospitalists. Society for Hospital Medicine web site, accessed Feb. 4, 2014 at http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PracticeResources/KeyPrinciplesandCharacteristics/content.htm#

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