The study’s authors looked at Medicare data for 21 million hospitalizations at more than 4,000 hospitals, including teaching hospitals and non-teaching hospitals, across the country. A teaching hospital is a hospital or academic medical center that is affiliated with a medical school and trains future doctors. The authors analyzed survival rates overall and for 15 common conditions and procedures based on how well patients did 30 days and 90 days after they were admitted to the hospital.
The study found people who were treated at teaching hospitals had the highest survival rates. Jonathan Bae, MD, Duke University Health System’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality and Safety, said the very nature of teaching hospitals may help explain the results.