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Three-quarters of patients today are cared for by a group of rotating “hospitalists”—not their own doctors. This system may be good for hospitals, but it is not providing the best quality of care for patients, according to a study by Harvard researchers. In this edition of the Bottom Line Advocator, Bottom Line CEO Sarah Hiner and Dr. David Sherer, author of Dr. David Sherer’s Hospital Survival Guide discuss the pros and cons of hospitalist medicine. As patients, we can’t control the system, but with the right knowledge, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from inadequate care and medical error.  They discuss the most important questions to ask when admitted to a hospital…the common trend known as “Physician burnout”…and all the red flags to look out for. In addition, Dr. Sherer shares a method he recommends to all of his patients when it comes to preparing for a hospital stay.

For more with Dr. Sherer, click here for his video interviews, or purchase his memoir, The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris.