Little is known about the type of research done by hospitalists. The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has selected abstracts for presentation at its annual meeting since 2006.
Three academic hospitalists independently reviewed all abstracts selected for presentation in the research and innovations categories at the 2006 and 2010 SHM meetings. Using predetermined criteria, reviewers assigned abstracts to 1 of 5 types: basic science (B), clinical care (C), education (E), hospitalist medicine as a specialty (H), and quality improvement/patient safety (Q). When an abstract addressed more than 1 type, reviewers were asked to make assignment on the 1 main type addressed by the study. Proportions and interobserver variations were determined for 2006 and 2010 abstracts. Proportions were determined when at least 2 reviewers agreed on an abstract's type.
Eighty‐nine abstracts were presented in 2006 and 203 in 2010. Reviewers assigned 290 (99%) of these 292 abstracts to 1 of the 5 types. Two observers agreed on type for 272 of 290 abstracts (94%), and all 3 observers agreed on type for 155 of 290 abstracts (53%). Kappa for overall agreement among the 3 reviewers was 0.52 (2006 abstracts) and 0.52 (2010 abstracts). Overall proportion of research by type for both years combined was quality improvement/patient safety, 0.47 (135 of 290); clinical care, 0.21 (60 of 290); hospitalist medicine as a specialty, 0.14) 42 of 290); education, 0.12 (35 of 290), and basic science, 0.00 (0 of 290). Proportions by type for each year are shown in the table. There was no significant difference (α = 0.05) in proportions of types between 2006 and 2010 except for clinical care.
On the basis of abstracts presented at SHM meetings, nearly half of research by hospitalists concerns quality improvement or patient safety, and one fifth concerns the clinical care of hospitalized patients. Compared with 2006, type of research by hospitalists in 2010 was similar, except that there was more research in the area of clinical care of hospitalized patients.
J. Pierce ‐ none; H. Kang ‐ none; L. Noronha ‐ none; D. Rao ‐ none
To cite this abstract:Pierce J, Kang H, Noronha L, Rao D. Have the Types of Research Done by Hospitalists Changed Over the Past 5 Years?. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2011, May 10-13, Dallas, Texas. Abstract 93. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2011; 6 (suppl 2). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/have-the-types-of-research-done-by-hospitalists-changed-over-the-past-5-years/. Accessed March 31, 2020.