Larger primary care workforce is tied to better outcomes for elderly

05/24/2011 | HealthDay News

Medicare patients living in communities with the largest number of primary care providers had 6% fewer preventable hospital admissions and a modestly lower mortality rate, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The finding suggests the need to boost the primary care workforce and ensure adequate distribution of providers, said Dr. Lawrence C. Kleinman, a professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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