It's true: Continuity of care is saving lives

Repeated contact with the same GP results in fewer deaths, review finds

Continuity of care — the principle lying at the heart of general practice — is a matter of life and death, according to a pioneering review that shows seeing the same doctor lowers mortality rates.

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UK researchers assessed 22 international studies, examining the links between continuity of care and death rates, with 18 studies showing that repeated contact with the same GP or other specialist over time resulted in significantly fewer deaths.

“As medical technology and new treatments dominate the medical news, the human aspect of medical practice has been

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