Physicians feel pressured to provide unnecessary care for VIP patients

From Becker’s:

The study, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, surveyed hospitalists across eight hospitals about services provided to patients who are considered “VIPs.” In some hospitals, “VIP services” are provided to patients with close relationships to the hospital and may include extra space, enhanced facilities and extraneous comforts and supports. Of the respondents who reported that the presence of VIP services at their hospital, a majority said they felt pressure from VIP patients or their family members to perform additional treatments or tests and roughly one-third felt this pressure from hospital staff, according to the report.

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