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CDC Sees More Patients Visiting Primary Care Providers for Preventive Healthcare

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In a sign that more people are recognizing the benefits of regular preventive medical care for avoiding unnecessary illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of patients visiting primary healthcare providers for routine medical exams is on the rise. In fact, in the decade between the beginning of 2001 and end of 2010, the rate of preventive patient visits to family care practices such as Dale Mabry Primary Care rose by about 5 percent to a total of almost 20 percent of all patient visits.

Researchers Michael Albert, MD and Linda McCaig, MPH wrote in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that they also found that among patients visiting ALL primary care providers (including pediatricians, family practices, internists and ob/gyn doctors) over the 10-year period, the number of those doing so for preventive healthcare reasons rose approximately five percent, with the biggest increases occurring for ob/gyn providers and pediatricians.

We regard this trend as a positive one, because it means more people are realizing how important it is to establish a regular relationship with a primary care provider who is focused on helping you get and stay healthy. Of course, for anyone combating chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure or similar conditions, it’s even more important to be sure you have a primary care provider you can trust to closely monitor your condition and provide any needed adjustments to your medications or daily routines.

For more information, read the CDC’s full report here. And if it’s been a while since your last regular check-up, why not give us a call? Set up a well-patient visit with our providers at Dale Mabry Primary Care by calling 813.885.4706 or filling out an appointment request form online.