The importance of Continuity of Care
Patients, including children, pregnant mothers, those with long term conditions and older people as well as others have long known the importance of seeing the same doctor or other health care professional over a long period of time. GPs too, see the benefits of a long term, sustained relationship with patients.
The recent study by Denis Pereira Gray et al shows that increased continuity of care by doctors is associated with lower mortality rates. This is the first such systematic review including patients from different countries and cultures that demonstrates the benefit of continuity of care with both generalist and specialist doctors. Many of these studies called for continuity of care to be given a higher priority in health care planning. This is indeed important and something that N.A.P.P, whom is mentioned in the paper will be pursuing.
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