SUZANNE W. FLETCHER, M.D.; M. ANDREW GREGANTI, M.D.; JOHN ROBBINS, M.D.
Although internists think of themselves as diagnosing and treating disease, they actually spend substantial practice time working to prevent disease and preserve health, largely through the routine physical examination (or periodic health examination) and preoperative evaluation for elective surgery on basically healthy persons. Data from the 1975 National Ambulatory Care Survey (1) show that general physical examinations were the most frequent reason patients visited internists, accounting for almost 3.5 million visits. The amount of internists' time involved in preoperative evaluation of patients undergoing elective surgery is less clear, but they probably evaluated many of the 20 million patients who had
FLETCHER SW, GREGANTI MA, ROBBINS J. Research Needed on Preventive Health Services. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:509–511. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-4-509
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