Too Many Cooks (Docs) In The Kitchen??
Check this out. What you will see is a comment on a very important trend in medicine today. Quite simply, patients used to be treated by their own doctors. Period! Now, due to after- hours “doc in a box” facilities, the growing reliance on Hospitalists for the care of hospitalized patients, the use of NP’s, PA’s, etc., a single patient is often confronted by a plethora of HCP’s. As pointed out in this article, continuity, efficiency and other desirable parameters wind up being significantly reduced by this trend.
Bottom Line. The truly amazing part here is that the introduction of all of the various HCP types listed above was, in no small part, motivated by the desire to increase efficiency of medical care.
Once again I say, “Beware of unintended consequences!”