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". . . Types of practitioners included nurses, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, psychologists, paramedics, physical therapists, social workers and counselors, laboratory technicians, and radiologic technicians. The data cover only medical visits, or face-to-face encounters, in which a client sees the practitioner to obtain professional services. Optometrists, chiropractors, and podiatrists usually serve patients independently, while services of physical therapists, radiologic, laboratory, and other technicians tend to be ancillary to those of physicians. Psychologists and social workers usually work alone and directly with patients. In general, these practitioners were more likely to be visited by white older women, by persons with a higher
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Persons Receiving Care from Selected Health Care Practitioners, United States, 1980.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:731. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-5-731_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(5):731.
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