One month after discharge, 21.9% of patients had no follow-up visits, 69.2% saw a familiar physician, and 9.0% saw an unfamiliar physician. Compared with patients who had no follow-up, those who saw a familiar physician had a significant 13% lower risk of death or hospital readmission at six months. Patients who saw an unfamiliar doctor also fared better than those without any follow-up, with these patients having a significant 10% lower risk of death or hospital readmission.In an analysis that took into account all the follow-up visits over the six-month period, patients who were treated with a familiar physician had a significant 9% lower risk of death or hospital readmission than patients who followed up with a doctor who had not treated them previously.
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Did you know — following up after a major health event, with a physician who is familiar with you and your medical history and issues, is associated with having a much better outcome longer term?
Can’t stress enough the value of having a personal physician who knows what’s up with you and will take time with you to talk through what you need to be doing to improve your outcome.