Scientists: pledge of a long life – do not change the doctor
Patients who go to the same doctor die less often. This was reported by a research group from the St. Leonard’s Medical Center (St Leonard’s Practice), which, together with the staff of the Medical School of the University of Exeter (University of Exeter Medical School), analyzed the data of 22 studies. Despite the fact that people subconsciously prefer to find “their doctor” and communicate about the disease only with him, so far, no systematic work has been done on this matter. It turned out that it is much more useful for patients to be observed not only in the permanent therapist, but also, for example, not to change the psychiatrist and to be operated at the same surgeon.
Specialists reviewed the results of 22 scientific papers that were conducted in nine different countries with different cultural bases and health systems (Canada, USA, Great Britain, France, Croatia, Netherlands, Taiwan, Israel, South Korea). 18 of these studies demonstrated that among those patients who were observed with a permanent specialist, the number of deaths was significantly lower, with 16 deaths for all possible reasons taken into account. Professor Philip Evans explained that during prolonged interaction, the doctor and patient begin to communicate more closely – this leads to better interaction, patient satisfaction, adherence to treatment and, as a result, more rare medical treatment.