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Generalist vs specialist care
Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3
G.W. Smetana, B.E. Landon, A.B. Bindman, H. Burstin, R.B. Davis, J. Tjia and E.C. Rich, (2007), “A comparison of outcomes resulting from generalist vs specialist care for a single discrete medical condition: a systematic review and methodologic critique”
Archives of Internal MedicineVol. 167 No. 1pp. 10-20
This review concluded that the literature on generalist versus specialist care for patients with a single discrete condition suffers from important methodological shortcomings and that further research in this area is needed. Though some relevant studies may potentially have been missed, these conclusions appear broadly appropriate given the evidence presented.