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Impact of medical student preceptorship on ED patient throughput time.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9928697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A prospective, consecutive study was performed to determine if medical student supervision in the emergency department (ED) changes patient throughput time (ie, the time from triage to discharge). The mean patient throughput time on days when medical students were present in the ED (group 1) was compared to the mean patient throughput time on days when medical students were absent from the ED (group 2). Throughput time was measured in minutes. The mean throughput times of the two groups were compared by the two tailed t test (P < .05). The study had a power of 90% (beta = .10) to detect a throughput time difference of 20 minutes. The two groups were also compared for mean daily acuity (as gauged by mean daily number of patient admissions) and mean daily patient census. The differences in mean daily throughput times (group 1, 145.2 min v group II, 150.6 min; P = .40), mean daily census (group 1, 28.1 patients v group 2, 28.1 patients; P = .75), and mean daily admissions (group 1, 10.4 patients v group 2, 10.7 patients; P = .74) were all insignificant. Precepting medical students in this ED did not significantly change patient throughput times.
L Chan; L E Kass
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0735-6757     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1999 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-02-11     Completed Date:  1999-02-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309942     Medline TA:  Am J Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Albany Medical Center, NY 12208, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Clerkship / organization & administration*
Efficiency, Organizational
Emergency Medicine / education*
Emergency Service, Hospital / utilization*
New York
Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data
Preceptorship / organization & administration*
Program Evaluation
Prospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Students, Medical*
Time Management*
Triage / statistics & numerical data
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