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Objective: General internal medicine clinics are units where patients are evaluated holistically and systematically by working together with other branches of specialization. In the present study, the purpose was to reveal the general internal medicine practice by examining the characteristics and reasons for the hospitalization of patients in the general internal medicine clinic of a third-level university hospital.
Material and Methods: The data of patients who were hospitalized between 01.10.2020 and 01.10.2022 in Afyonkarahisar Health Sciences University, Faculty of Medicine, Internal Medicine Clinic, General Internal Medicine Ward were obtained. The demographic data, reasons for hospitalization, and hospitalization areas of the patients were examined.
Results: A total of 714 patients were included in the present study. The mean age of the patients was 59.9. The most common reason for hospitalization was symptomatic anemia and malignancy screening. Although symptomatic anemia was the most common reason for hospitalization over 65 years of age, intoxications were observed in patients under 65 years of age and the most common reason for hospitalization from the emergency units was acute pancreatitis, the most common reason for hospitalization from clinics was malignancy examination.
Conclusion: General internal medicine clinics have a wide spectrum in terms of hospitalization causes. The most common reasons for admission to these units are anemia, malignancy examination, and electrolyte disorders.
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