When Clinicians Know They’re Being Watched, Patients Fare Better

When Clinicians Know They’re Being Watched, Patients Fare Better

Executive Summary In a recent study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers uncovered a unique form of the Hawthorne effect in hospitals, with important consequences for patients. They obtained Joint Commission inspection dates for 1,984 U.S. hospitals during 2008-2012, and matched those dates to hospitalization data for more than 1.7 million Medicare beneficiaries.

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