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Making the Case for the Benefits of Primary Care From Observational Studies: Does an Ounce of Prevention Take a Pound of Doctor Visits?

Barbara J. Turner, MD, MSEd, MA; and David S. Weinberg, MD, MSc
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From University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; and Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-1896.

Request for Single Reprints: Barbara J. Turner, MD, MSEd, MA, ReACH Center, 7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 1050, San Antonio, TX 78229; e-mail, turner@uthscsa.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Turner: ReACH Center, 7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 1050, San Antonio, TX 78229.

Dr. Weinberg: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Department of Medicine, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.


Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(7):494-495. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-7-201310010-00011
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