25 May '11, 4am

More primary care tied to lower death rates:

More primary care tied to lower death rates:

Seniors living in areas with more primary care have slightly lower death rates and are less likely to end up in the hospital with a preventable disease, U.S. researchers have found. In contrast to some earlier studies, which have yielded mixed results, the new work looked at how much primary care was actually delivered to patients -- not just how many primary care physicians were in a certain area. "The magic is not in how many primary care physicians there are, it is what they do," said Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Primary Care Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who was not involved in the study. Experts say primary care physicians - general internists and family doctors -- are irreplaceable parts of the healthcare system, because they are easily available and can coordinate a broad range of health services. The number of medical students who go into ...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20110525-...

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