Patient care by a single primary care physician is associated with many health benefits, including increased treatment adherence and decreased hospital admissions and mortality risk. But can the relationship built between doctor and patient also lead to unnecessary care? The study, which appears in Frontiers in Medicine, is the first to explore whether continuity of care may lead to patients complying with recommendations for low-value or even harmful care for any condition.
“The results show that the trust between a doctor and a patient is a strong bond, but it emphasises that it is important that physicians practice evidence-based care,” said Arch G. Mainous III,
“Patients look to their physician to act in their best interest and so physicians need to take that trust and provide the best care possible.”