The benefits of the hospitalist movement


Fam Pract Manag. 1999 Mar;6(3):11.

To the Editor:

The hospitalist movement (see “What the Hospitalist Movement Means to Family Physicians,” November/December 1998) is the most significant benefit to primary care physicians and their patients in this century.

Primary care physicians have been indoctrinated to be “complete physicians” for their patients. While this is a lofty goal, most young doctors soon become weary of the demands on their time and energy that trying to fulfill this difficult role entails. Perhaps at the beginning of their careers it is possible to “do it all,” but once their patient loads increase and the incessant demands of daily practice take their toll, family doctors limit their hours just like any other specialists.

Trying to keep up with the burden of hospital medicine, running an office practice and making home visits doesn't make sense. Primary care doctors are basically outpatient physicians. That is where their expertise lies, and it is where they should concentrate their energy.

The idea of hospitalists is one that is long overdue.


Copyright © 1999 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact fpmserv@aafp.org for copyright questions and/or permission requests.

Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions


Mar-Apr 2021

Access the latest issue
of FPM journal

Read the Issue

FPM E-Newsletter

Sign up to receive FPM's free, weekly e-newsletter, "Quick Tips & Insights."

Sign Up Now