It certainly makes sense that patients with chronic conditions who see their primary care doctor soon after a hospitalization for that illness do better than people who delay those follow up visits. In Monday’s Health & Science Section my colleague Marie McCullough reports on a study out of Duke University that found confirmed that finding for heart failure patients.
While the patients who promptly see their family doctor or cardiologist after being hospitalized for heart failure are less likely to be readmitted within a month. Sadly, the Duke researchers examining Medicare data found that most patients did not go back to their doctors in the week after discharge and one in five of those were readmitted within 30-days.
So it seems a good idea to get to your doctor soon after a hospitalization for heart failure. Here’s a preview of the brief story:
A new study has found that heart-failure patients who see a doctor when they need to see a doctor fare better than those who don’t see a doctor.