Hold-Over Admissions: Are They Educational for Residents?

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Hold-Over Admissions: Are They Educational for Residents?

J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Oct 26;

Authors: Bump GM, Zimmer SM, McNeil MA, Elnicki DM

PURPOSE: Since implementation of resident duty-hour restrictions, many academic medical centers utilize night-float teams to admit patients during off hours. Patients are transferred to other resident physicians the subsequent morning as "hold-over admissions." Despite the increase of hold-over admissions, there are limited data on resident perceptions of their educational value. This study investigated resident perceptions of hold-over admissions, and whether they approach hold-over admissions differently than new admissions.
METHOD: Survey of internal medicine residents at an academic medical center.
RESULTS: A total of 111 residents responded with a response rate of 71 %. Residents reported spending 56.2 min (standard deviation [SD] 18.9) compared to 80.0 min (SD 25.8) admitting new patients (p < 0.01). Residents reported spending significantly (p < 0.01) less time reviewing the medical record, performing histories, examining patients, devising care plans and writing orders in hold-over admissions compared to new admissions. Residents had neutral views on the educational value of hold-over admissions. Features that significantly (p < 0.01) increased the educational value of admissions included severe illness, patient complexity, and being able to write the initial patient care orders. Residents estimated 42.5 % (SD 14) of their admissions were hold-over patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Residents spend less time in all aspects of admitting hold-over patients. Despite less time spent admitting hold-over patients, residents had neutral views on the educational value of such admissions.

PMID: 24163152 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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