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  UC Davis Study Finds C-Section Safer for Breech Births  
     
  UC Davis Medical Center Among Top 50 Hospitals  
     
  Grant Aims to Improve Care of Chronic Illness  
     
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Fall 2003 Issue
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Patients' requests influence doctors' behavior

Patients' requests for various clinical services are pervasive and influential, according to a study by UC Davis researchers published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

According to information in the study, consumer empowerment in health care is increasingly accepted as inevitable, right and potentially beneficial. However, the need to control health-care costs is also important. Requests are a major avenue for patients in influencing medical visits.

Richard L. Kravitz, professor of internal medicine, and his colleagues investigated patients' contributions to health-care resource use and quality by studying their requests and physician responses at doctor visits. Kravitz also is director of the UC Davis Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care.

The researchers surveyed patients and physicians and audiotaped 559 patient visits to 45 doctors in two health-care systems between January and November 1999.


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