The role of the family physician in hospital.
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Five family doctors at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, completed a comprehensive survey of 88 active, associate and senior members of the Department of Family Medicine, detailing their activities in hospital, their attitudes toward the hospital, their actual and desired roles and their Department of Family Medicine.The study illustrates the changing role in hospital from procedure-orientation to patient advocate, and the resulting problems. These problems were mainly lack of communication skills and feeling impotent in dealing with the hospital power structure. Implications for family medicine training programs, continuing medical education programs and teaching and community hospitals are discussed in a series of four papers.
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