Most Say Doctors Should Talk to Each Other

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) — Almost 75 percent of U.S. adults age 50 and older say they wish their doctors talked or communicated with each other, a survey indicates.

The survey, conducted by Lake Research Partners for the Campaign for Better Care, a diverse group of consumer-related groups, also found one in three say their doctors, when prescribing new medications, do not discuss potential interactions their medications may produce.

The survey also indicates:

– 36 percent of heavy users of the healthcare system and 20 percent of people age 50 or older say they have received conflicting information from different doctors.

– 13 percent of respondents and 20 percent of Latino respondents say they had to redo a test or procedure because the doctor or hospital did not get the results from the first test or procedure.

– 40 percent of those with multiple chronic conditions and 29 percent of respondents overall say they have had to serve as a communicator between doctors.

– 76 percent of heavy users of healthcare system say they have left a doctor’s office or hospital confused about what they should do when they get home.

The survey, conducted March 26-30, has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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