Most hospital patients unable to identify their physicians, survey finds

New York Times, January 30, 2009

Hospital patients are rarely able to identify their doctors by name or to describe their roles in the patients' care, a new survey by researchers at the University of Chicago has found. Researchers interviewed 2,807 adults admitted to the school's hospital over a 15-month period. The patients were asked about the roles of the various physicians attending to them and to name the doctors on those teams. Some 75% of the patients were unable to name a single doctor assigned to their care. Of the 25% who responded with a name, only 40% were correct.


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