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Mortality rates are lower with higher continuity of care, review finds

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 11 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3184
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Higher continuity of care is associated with lower mortality rates, while discontinuity can cause patients to feel as though they are not being taken seriously, two studies have found in the British Journal of General Practice.12

However, despite mounting evidence that relationship continuity in primary care benefits patients, it is in decline, and “decisive action is required from policy makers and practitioners to counter this,” researchers warned.

The first study involved a systematic review of 13 quantitative studies (published from 2010 to 2018 in English …

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