Doctor-Patient Relations Saves Lives
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- In the United States and Canada, more than $20 billion is spent every year on patients who are readmitted to hospital within 30 days after discharge. Heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization and has a high risk of readmission and early death. The University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, has determined that patients with heart failure who see their physician in the first month after leaving the hospital are more likely to survive than those who do not see a doctor.
Researchersstudied data on all adults aged 20 years and over who were discharged after hospitalization for heart failure. Of the total 24, 373 discharged patients, 5,336 (22%) did not see a physician within the first month, 16, 855 (69%) saw a familiar physicianm, and 2,182 (9%) saw an unfamiliar physician. The researchers found that patients who saw a familiar physician had a lower risk of urgent readmission and death compared with patients who saw an unfamiliar physician or who did not visit a doctor.
For more information go to: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2013/08/19/cmaj.130048
SOURCE: CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), August 2013
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