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Pros and cons of annual physical discussed

from HealthDay News

The pros and cons of the annual physical are discussed in two perspective pieces published online Oct. 14 in The New England Journal of Medicine. Allan H. Goroll, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, discussed the appeal of the annual physical, which is supported by patients and clinicians despite a lack of hard evidence of its benefits. The author suggests that the appeal lies in people's desire to maintain a close and trusting relationship with their personal clinician. Benefits of a therapeutic relationship include enhancements in functional status, patient satisfaction, and adherence to medication regimens. The annual physical should be improved, perhaps by transitioning to a team effort, and could function as an annual health review, the author writes. more

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