Health Desk-- 30 June, 2018: A new study suggests that patients who see the same doctor again and again have lower death rates.
The benefits applied to visits to GPs and specialists and were seen across different cultures and health systems.
University of Exeter researchers said the human aspect of medical practice was "potentially life-saving" but had been neglected.
GPs' leaders said they recognised the value of patients seeing "their own" doctor.
Because of intense workforce pressures, however, this could mean waiting even longer for an appointment, the Royal College of GPs said.
The study was published in BMJ Open.