Hong Kong Harper Lecture: The Comprehensive Care Physician Model

Despite strong evidence for the value of the doctor-patient relationship, hospitalized patients typically receive care from physicians they do not know.

An important reason for this is that patients’ regular doctors generally have too few hospitalized patients to justify their daily presence in the hospital. In response to this problem, physician and economist David Meltzer has developed the Comprehensive Care Physician Model in which doctors focus their practice on patients at increased risk of hospitalization, providing them enough hospitalized patients on a daily basis to whom they may provide both hospital and ambulatory care. The model was tested with a 2,000-person randomized trial at the University of Chicago. Results to date suggest large improvements in patient experience, health outcomes, and health care utilization and costs. These findings have spurred efforts to disseminate and extend the model locally, across the United States, and internationally. Interested attendees are encouraged to read Meltzer’s paper on this topic, coauthored with UChicago physician Gregory Ruhnke.
harper_headshot_hong-kongFeatured Faculty: David Meltzer, LAB’82, AM’87, PhD’92, MD’93
David Meltzer is the Fanny L. Pritzker Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Economics, and at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science, and director of the UChicago Urban Labs’ Health Lab. Meltzer is a faculty affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine. He received his medical degree, as well as master’s and PhD in economics, from the University of Chicago.

Lecture Details

Admission is free.
Event Details:
7:00 p.m. Registration and networking
3:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:30 p.m. Reception
Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.


Thursday, 03/15/18 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm | iCal


The University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong
100 Cyberport Road Level 6, Cyberport 2
Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R China

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