Few physicians or patients question that a stable, long-term physician-patient relationship is a good thing. Despite this, these relationships are increasingly rare. The demands of electronic documentation, the stress created by the myriad ways that patients can access their physicians today, and the declining reimbursement for primary care all make maintaining a long-term practice challenging. At the same time, our increasingly mobile society and the restrictions on physician choice imposed by payers make remaining with the same physician difficult for a patient.
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Cifu AS. Long-term Physician-Patient Relationships—Persevering in a Practice. JAMA Intern Med. Published online December 03, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.6735
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