Busy doctors' patients more likely to die

Renal patients seen by busy doctors are more likely to die than those cared for by practitioners with more time on their hands, research suggests.

A Californian study found haemodialysis patients who received care from nephrologists with higher caseloads had greater mortality than those looked after by doctors with lower caseloads.

For every extra 50 patients the nephrologist looked after, the mortality risk increased by 2%, the

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