The researchers observe that time of a primary care appointment is associate with the likelihood of a physician ordering cancer screenings and patients completing those screenings in this study of 33 practices with patients eligible for breast or colorectal cancer screening. Therefore The likelihood of physicians ordering cancer screenings; decrease as the clinic day progress and so the likelihood of patients completing those screenings within one year of the office visit.
Physician ordering cancer
This observational study cannot explain the cause behind these associations but clinician and patient factors may explain it; such as shorter interactions with patients if physicians ; because fall behind and cancer screenings not being discuss. Screening test order rates were highest at 8 a.m. and lowest at 5 p.m.
The results of this study may not be generalizable because it is conduct at a single health system ; and variation in screening orders and patient completion may be related to factors unaccounted for in this study. Future interventions that aim to increase cancer screenings should consider how the timing of primary care visits might influence physician and patient behavior.
Single health system
A primary care physician (PCP), or primary care provider; is a health care professional who practices general medicine. PCPs are our first stop for medical care. Most PCPs are doctors; but nurse practitioners and even physician assistants can sometimes also be PCPs. A PCP is the person your child should see for a routine checkup or non-emergency medical care. If your child has a mild fever, cough, or rash, or is short of breath or nauseated; a PCP usually can find the cause and decide what to do about it.
Usually, PCPs can treat conditions in their own offices. If they can’t, they can refer you and your child to a trusted specialist. If your child needs ongoing treatment or is admitted to a hospital; the PCP may oversee the care; help you make decisions related to treatment; or refer you to other specialists if needed. One of a PCP’s most important jobs is to help keep kids from getting sick in the first place. This is called preventive care.
A healthy lifestyle
The best preventive care means forming a relationship with a PCP you like and trust, taking your child for scheduled checkups and vaccines, and following the PCP’s advice for establishing a healthy lifestyle, managing weight, and getting the right amount of exercise.To find a PCP, start by asking yourself what matters to you.
For instance, you’ll want the PCP’s office to take your health insurance and, ideally, be close to home. Other things to consider include how helpful and friendly the staff is, how easy it is to get in touch with the PCP, and whether the PCP’s office hours will work with your schedule.