The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, July 17, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a preliminary study of patients who had simple surgeries, most did well and seemed satisfied with post-operative checkups by telephone instead of seeing their surgeon in a clinic visit.The phone follow-up saved doctors and patients the time and effort involved in clinic visits without compromising patient care, according to the study of California patients. "These clinic visits are usually five minutes or less, very brief, the doctor asks how are you, do you feel well, are you going to the bathroom okay, that kind of thing," said senior author Dr. Sherry Wren of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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