[Relation between continuity of care and mortality]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 160, 0, (2017), pp. D978
Article / Letter to editor
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Primary and Community Care
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Continuity of care is one of the most important features of primary care. In this commentary we discuss the article by Maarsingh et al. regarding the relation between personal continuity (seeing the same care provider) and mortality. We raise some important points on the way continuity of care is measured and show how it affects the results. Our conclusion is that the relation between continuity of care and mortality is still weak. However, this does not alter the importance of having a personal care provider. It increases patient satisfaction and trust in the care provider, both of which are essential for a good doctor-patient relationship.
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