Physicians Foundation releases patient survey report

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The Physicians Foundation has released the results of its first comprehensive patient survey, which “found that the physician-patient relationship remains strong, with nine out of 10 U.S. adults reporting high levels of satisfaction with their primary care physicians (PCP).”

The research found that “95 percent of patients surveyed are satisfied or very satisfied with their PCP's ability to explain information in a manner they understand, while 96 percent feel their physicians are respectful of them.”

However, the study also determined that “patients who saw a primary care physician for their most recent routine exam are not fully adhering to treatment plans, avoiding routine check-ups or opting not to take prescription medication due to rising health care costs.”

The Physicians Foundation is a “national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and help facilitate the delivery of health care to patients.” Since 2005, it has awarded grants totaling more than $36 million. It focuses on physician leadership, physician practice trends, physician shortage issues, and health care reform.

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