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Preventive services differ between primary care docs and OB/GYNs

"Dominick" (2018-06-30)

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By Andrew M. Seaman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The services women receive during annual preventive care visits may partially depend on what type of doctor they see, suggests a new report.

Women who saw primary care doctors for their annual checkup tended to receive a broader range of services, compared to those who saw obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs), researchers found.

"I think (primary care providers) and OB/GYNs can play an important role in clinical preventive services," said Dr. Mona Saraiya, one of the study's authors. "I think it's important to be aware where there might be deficits."

Saraiya is an associate director within the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

She and her co-authors write in JAMA Internal Medicine that well-woman preventive care visits are a core service supported by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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