Regular GP visits lower BP and weight
The same paper, published this month in the British Journal of General Practice by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, also argued GPs and specialists were underutilising tools that could help patients avoid cardiovascular events.
Conducted by researchers at the university’s School of Medicine and others, the study tracked 1200 participants over a year.
It showed that patients who visited the GP five times instead of two lowered their absolute risk of cardiovascular disease.
“The study demonstrates that absolute cardiovascular risk can be improved by primary prevention strategies at the primary care level,” the study said.
“GPs are well positioned to offer positive health messages and treatment options to influence their patients’ health.”
Researchers, led by Professor Tom Brett, concluded that benefits could be achieved through “increasing patient involvement