The relationship between resource constraints and physician problem solving. Implications for improving the process of care

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Lescoe-Long, Mary A.
Long, Michael J.
Amidon, Roger L.
Kronenfeld, Jennie J.
Glick, Deborah C.

Medical care. 1996 Sep; 34(9): 931-53.


Research suggests that physicians will engage in more vigilant problem-solving under conditions of resource constraints than under conditions of resource slack. Increased vigilance related to physicians' clinical strategies enhances care by disposing physicians toward more optimal care choices. The authors examine whether pressures for clinical resource constraints encourage increased and sustained vigilance in problem-solving among cardiologists treating acute myocardial infarction.

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