In 1999, the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine held a conference examining how a new group of hospital-based physicians, called "hospitalists," are affecting the patient-provider relationship.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Strengthening the Patient-Provider Relationship in a Changing Health Care Environment national program.
The conference, entitled "The Patient-Provider Relationship and the Hospitalist Movement," took place on September 22–23, 1999, in San Francisco. It examined the challenges raised by the hospitalist model, particularly with regard to the discontinuity of care between the inpatient and outpatient setting, and offered potential solutions.
More than 150 individuals—including researchers, policy leaders and patient advocates—attended the conference.