During their hospital stay, many patients are referred to a hospitalist by their primary care doctor. When the patients leave the hospital, they return to the care of their primary doctor.
Hospitalists also care for patients in the hospital who have no primary doctor.
Source: Allina Health primary care, Society of Hospital Medicine
Reviewed by: Brian French, MD, Abbott Northwestern Hospitalist Service
First published: 4/29/2008
Last reviewed: 12/3/2012