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Nearly 3 In 4 Americans Say It's Easier To Go To The Emergency Room Than To Get A Doctor's Appointment
The emergency room (ER) is the default choice for most Americans when they need medical care. Nearly 3 in 4 Americans (73%) think it is easier to go to the ER than to get a doctor's appointment, according to a new independent study from Zocdoc.
This attitude toward health care is driven by long wait times, given the average 24-day wait time to see a primary care physician in the U.S. Zocdoc's research found that even though 84% of Americans have an established relationship with a primary care physician, the majority (65%) would still visit the ER if they couldn't get in to see a doctor at the office quickly enough. Younger generations like Millennials (ages 25-39) and Gen Z (ages 18-24) were even more likely to do so (71% and 69%, respectively).
The study also found that 1 in 3 Americans (33%) had gone to the ER for non-urgent me
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Survey Shows Many Primary Care Doctors Are Unprepared To Help Patients Avoid Diabetes
Which of these is not a risk factor for prediabetes?
B) Age 45 or older
C) Being white
D) Exercise less than three times per week
The correct response is C — the actual risk factor being African American, Latino, Native American or Asian American. If you didn’t get it right, don’t feel badly. Chances are your doctor wouldn’t either, according to the results of a new national survey of primary care physicians (PCPs) conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.
In a report on their findings in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM), the researchers say their survey of 1,000 randomly selected PCPs revealed significant gaps in the group’s overall knowledge of risk factors, diagnostic criteria and recommended management/prevention practices for prediabetes.
The researchers also say the gaps may result from a health care education and reimbursement system that
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Paid Family Leave Improves Vaccination Rates In Infants
Parents who take paid family leave after the birth of a newborn are more likely to have their child vaccinated on time compared to those who do not, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. The effect is stronger on families living below the poverty line.
"Currently, many people do not vaccinate their child within the recommended schedule and are late," said Solomon Polachek, professor of economics at Binghamton University. "Often this might be due to parental time constraints. When an infant is really young, these immunizations are critical, since infants are at a higher risk of infection and illness if not vaccinated properly."
In 2004, California was the first state to implement a Paid Family Leave (PFL) policy, allowing private-sector employees up to six weeks of leave with partial wage replacement to care for a newborn baby. This ti
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More People Turning To Primary Care Doctors Or Emergency Centers For Depression And Suicidal Thoughts
Beaumont primary care and emergency medicine doctors say many patients see them for care that might surprise you: depression and suicidal thoughts. In fact, national data consistently shows spring and summer to be the most common seasons for suicide, not the gloomy winter months.
Primary care doctors, your frontline access to mental health care
Beaumont family medicine physician Dr. Jason Talbert says his patients’ top health complaints are depression and anxiety. “As a medical doctor, I order tests to check for underlying medical problems that could mimic depression or anxiety symptoms.
For example, a simple blood test can rule out thyroid problems, diabetes and anemia, any of which could cause a patient’s fatigue or low mood.”
While some of his patients schedule appointments to discuss feelings of depression and anxiety, more often it comes out during their regular checkups: “Some