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Better primary care coordination needed in the US

March 14, 2017

Among 11 high-income countries evaluated for primary care coordination gaps, the United States had the highest rate of poor primary care coordination, suggesting that strengthening the relationship between patients and their primary care physicians is necessary, according to a recent study published in Annals of Family Medicine.

“Effective primary care coordination programs have been shown to reduce hospitalizations, but require patients to have frequent contact with health care professionals and to anticipate needs and communicate information to the right people at the right time,” Jonathan Penm, BPharm, PhD, from James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati and faculty of pharmacy at the University of Sydney, and colleagues wrote. “Despite these benefits, data measuring the effect of patients’ relationship with their PCP on care coordination are sparse.”

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