This prospective study compared the quality of the history (Hx), physical examination (PE), diagnosis, and treatment (Tx) of patients with hand injuries as performed by emergency department (ED) physicians with varying training backgrounds. There were 465 cases reported by 93 physicians. No differences between residency-trained and legacy practice-track EM board-certified physicians were found. Physicians of lesser training were found to be more meticulous about documenting history and following tetanus protocols, but they ordered more tests and were less likely to perform or document adequate treatment.
Citation. Lewis LM, Heston TF, Rush C. A comparison of care rendered by ED physicians with varying medical backgrounds. South Med J 1990;83(9):2S-19. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8229711