Some people often prefer seeing the same doctor for a longer period of time instead of often changing the medical practitioners. Researchers decided to study this phenomenon and found it’s a really good thing. If you stick to the same doctor, you have more chances to live more and experience fewer health problems.
Why you should consider seeing the same doctor
Seeing the same doctor over time might be the best choice you can make, or so researchers say. A team of British scientists decided to study different medical habits, so they performed an overview of 22 analyses coming from nine countries with different healthcare systems and health cultures. After looking at countries like Taiwan, the Netherlands, Croatia, Israel, or the UK, researchers published their results.
Researchers reviewed all these studies and found that 82 percent of them highlighted the benefits of seeing the same doctors. These people who went to the same practitioner had a lot fewer chances of dying as compared to those who changed doctors. The situation remained constant regardless of the type of doctors these people visited.
Seeing the same doctor might make people pay attention to their health
This phenomenon is called continuity of care, and it’s not the first time when people identify some benefits related to it. It turns out seeing the same doctor makes people pay more attention to their health. They listen to what the doctor has to say, take better care of themselves, and are, overall, more satisfied with their health condition. This makes them less likely to get sick.
However, this doesn’t mean people should feel constrained to stick to the same doctor. Not all relationships are meant to work so, if a person feels the doctor does not perform well, they should not hesitate to go see someone else. In some other cases, people might have to change doctors without their will. However, they shouldn’t worry, as this won’t have a negative impact on their health.
The study was published in the journal BMJ Open.
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