What Happens to Patients When Thousands of Cardiologists Leave Town? (Freakonomics, M.D. Ep. 7)
This week, Bapu Jena presents some hot-off-the-presses research exploring the relationship between how many patients a doctor sees, and how well those patients do. Plus, the surprising impact of annual cardiology conferences that prompted Bapu’s first conversation with Stephen Dubner on Freakonomics Radio.
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the ideas in this episode:
- “Association Between Physician Part-time Clinical Work and Patient Outcomes,” by Hirotaka Kato, Anupam B. Jena, Jose F. Figueroa, and Yusuke Tsugawa (JAMA Internal Medicine, 2021).
- “Acute Myocardial Infarction Mortality During Dates of National Interventional Cardiology Meetings,” by Anupam B. Jena, Andrew Olenski, Daniel M. Blumenthal, Robert W. Yeh, Dana P. Goldman, and John Romley (Journal of the American Heart Association, 2018).
- “Mortality and Treatment Patterns Among Patients Hospitalized With Acute Cardiovascular Conditions During Dates of National Cardiology Meetings,” by Anupam B Jena, Vinay Prasad, Dana P Goldman, and John Romley (JAMA Internal Medicine, 2015).
- “How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution? (Ep. 202),” by Freakonomics Radio (2015).