Focus on Hospitals’ ‘July Effect’

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by Logan Lafferty

Some people believe that being admitted to a teaching hospital in July, when the new medical residents have just arrived, is a guarantee of poor care, and some research supports that view. But a new study suggests that fear of the “July effect” may be exaggerated…“If there really was a July effect, we would expect it to manifest in these patients, and we didn’t see it,” said the lead author, Jennifer S. McDonald, a researcher in the radiology department at the Mayo Clinic. “We want to reassure patients not to worry, to have their surgery when it’s needed and not to worry about any possible July effect.”

 

New York Times by Nicholas Bakalar

Tags: Jennifer S. McDonald, July Effect, medical residents, New York Times, Patient Care, Radiology, Research, teaching hospital

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