A new study has found that the patients who see the same doctor are less likely to die prematurely. The researchers from the study note that these particular patients are more open about their symptoms، more trusting of the doctor's medical advise، and more at ease to take prescriptions given to them، as the Technical Times said.
The team of researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School examined 22 studies of 1.4 million patients from the United Kingdom، France، the Netherlands، and the United States. 18 of the studies showed that patients were more likely to die during a given time period if they chose to switch doctors or hospitals.
The lead author of the study، Sir Denis Pereira Gray، stated that patients have always been aware of the importance of which doctor they see and how well they communicate with the healthcare professional. Sir Gray، who was the president of the Royal College of GPs، continued that this study suggests the quality of medical practice is now a life or death matter.
Dr. Ronald Epstein، a professor of family medicine، psychiatry، oncology، and medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry، stated that by patients sticking with the same doctor، it gives the doctor the opportunity to know more about their patients and the condition they are in. Dr. Epstein، who was not involved in the study continued that doctors are also able to have a better sense of their patients' preferences and patients will more likely follow through with their doctor's recommendations.