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Residents perform better than staff physicians in some quality areas, study finds

Residency Program Insider, May 31, 2011

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Researchers at Boston Medical Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation compared resident and staff physician performance in multiple areas of common primary care, according to a study in the Sept. 2010 online version of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Researchers developed 19 quality indicators. Residents outperformed staff physicians on four measures of quality: ACE inhibitor use for congestive heart failure (57.0 vs. 27.6%); diuretic use for hypertension (57.8% vs. 44.0%); statin use for hyperlipidemia (56.3% vs. 40.4%); and routine blood pressure screenings (85.3% vs. 79.6%). All physicians performed at similar levels on the remaining 15 performance indicators.



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