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Patients who Are Connected to a Particular Physician Are More Likely to Both Receive Guideline-Specific Care and Follow through with Treatment


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HOW WELL YOU KNOW YOUR PRIMARY-CARE PHYSICIAN MAY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH:  A NEW STUDY IN "ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE" FINDS THAT PATIENTS WHO ARE CONNECTED TO A SPECIFIC PHYSICIAN ARE MORE LIKELY TO RECEIVE GUIDELINE-SPECIFIC CARE--AND TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH TREATMENT--THAN PATIENTS WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR DOCTOR.  DOCTOR STEVEN ATLAS IS THE AUTHOR OF THE STUDY...

(ATLAS):
"'CONNECTEDNESS' REFERS TO THE CLOSENESS OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A PATIENT AND AN INDIVIDUAL PHYSICIAN--AND, TYPICALLY, THE SENSE THAT A PATIENT WILL SAY, 'THIS IS MY DOCTOR,' AND THAT A PHYSICIAN WILL LOOK AT THEIR LISTS OF PATIENTS AND SAY, 'I KNOW THAT PERSON.'
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RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT MORE THAN 155-THOUSAND PATIENTS IN A PRIMARY-CARE NETWORK:  THEY FOUND THAT PATIENTS WHO WERE NOT CONNECTED TO A PARTICULAR PHYSICIAN WERE LESS LIKELY TO RECEIVE RECOMMENDED CARE.  IN ADDITION, THESE PATIENTS WERE LESS LIKELY TO COMPLETE RECOMMENDED TESTING FOR PREVENTIVE AND CHRONIC-ILLNESS CARE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO "ANNALS"-DOT-ORG.



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