In fact, they discovered that those who stuck with the same healthcare professional over time were more likely to listen to the advice that they were given. They were also more likely to be satisfied and take preventative measures to protect their health, such as getting immunizations.
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"As medical technology and new treatments dominate the medical news, the human aspect of medical practice has been neglected," coauthor Philip Evans said in a statement. "Our study shows it is potentially life-saving and should be prioritised."
The results were the same across countries and even for various types of specialists, such as surgeons and psychiatrists.
The scientists now hope their studies will be used by health experts across the globe and that organizations are encouraged to help people find the doctor of their choice.
“Until now arranging for patients to see the doctor of their choice has been considered a matter of convenience or courtesy,” coauthor Denis Pereira Gray added. “Now, it is clear it is about the quality of medical practice and is literally ‘a matter of life and death.’”
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