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Comment & Response
September 23, 2013

General Health Checks in Adults—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
  • 2Ambulatory Care, Denver VA Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(17):1658. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8194

In Reply As general internists who practice primary care medicine, we agree with Dr Cass about the value of time spent getting to know patients; time that we think pays dividends down the road—and time that we know makes the practice of medicine more fulfilling. Dr Cass may be correct in noting that any potential value derived from the annual physical examination is most likely to result from one simple fact: it allows for a longer clinic visit and time to establish and strengthen the physician-patient relationship. Echoing these sentiments, a 2005 survey demonstrated that nearly all primary care physicians (94%) believed that an annual physical examination improved the physician-patient relationship.1

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