Research Briefs

Date of this Version

11-16-2020

Abstract

In this national study of 438,895 physicians, 45% provided care to hospitalized patients and 7% provided critical care. At the high estimate of patients requiring hospitalization at the projected peak of the pandemic, 18 states and Washington, DC would have patient to physician ratios greater than 15:1 (a level associated with poor outcomes among hospitalized patients). There was considerable geographic variation in the availability of physicians: 41% of hospital service areas did not have a physician with critical care experience.

Document Type

Brief

Number

66

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Keywords

physicians, covid, covid-19, hospital staffing, critical care, coronavirus, pandemic

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https://ldi.upenn.edu/brief/are-there-enough-experienced-physicians-treat-patients-hospitalized-covid

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Date Posted: 03 February 2021