A study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved found that patients who have a quality relationship with their primary care physicians have a better health care experience versus patients who have a regular place of care but lack a relationship with their primary care physician.
Anne Beal, MD, MPH, head of the Aetna Foundation and one of the authors of the study had this to say,
“At a time when the new health reform legislation is expanding access to primary care for millions more people, the number of primary care physicians in this country is dwindling at an alarming rate. We don’t know the full impact of their declining numbers on health outcomes,” Beal said. “This study demonstrates the importance of the primary care relationship for giving patients high quality care.”
The study included nearly 3,000 adults who admitted to having a regular place of care at either a Community Health Center (CHC) or a physician’s office but not necessarily a regular primary care doctor.
For more details on the study please visit Patient-Physician Study.
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