objective. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether physicians with larger sepsis caseloads provide better outcomes, defined as lower in-hospital mortality rates, for patients with sepsis. design. Retrospective cross-sectional study. method. This study used pooled data from the 2002-2004 Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. A total of 48,336 patients hospitalized with a principal diagnosis of septicemia were selected and assigned to 1 of 4 caseload groups on the basis of their treating physician's sepsis caseload during the 3 years reflected in the pooled data (low caseload, less than 39 cases; medium caseload, 39-88 cases; high caseload, 89-176 cases; and very high caseload, more than 176 cases). Generalized estimating equation models were used for analysis. results. Receipt of treatment from physicians in the very high, high, and medium caseload groups decreased patients' odds of inhospital mortality by 49% (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.41-0.67;P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-562
Number of pages7
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Sepsis
  • Workload

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases


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