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Primary Care Utilization

A recent study of adult patient visits to primary care doctors between 1997 and 2005 found:
  • The number of adult visits to primary care doctors increased 10%, from 273 million to 338 million annually
  • The mean duration of an adult primary care visit increased by 16%, from 18.0 to 20.8 minutes
  • Regular check-up: mean increase of 3.4 minutes
  • Diagnosis of diabetes: mean increase of 4.2 minutes
  • High blood pressure: mean increase of 3.7 minutes
  • Diagnosis of joint disease: mean increase of 5.9 minutes
  • Quality of care also improved according to nine medical, counseling and screening indicators
  • Counseling or screening by doctors took 2.6 to 4.2 minutes longer than visits without these services. 

Source: “Primary Care Visit Duration and Quality: Does Good Care Take Longer?”, Archives of Internal Medicine, abstract only, November 9, 2009, http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/169/20/1866?home 

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December 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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