News | October 23, 2007

Medical House Calls May Reduce ER Visits

October 24, 2007 - Seven in 10 primary care physicians believe that the medical house call, a vestige of medicine practiced in a bygone era and now beginning to make a comeback, will improve patient care and result in fewer emergency room visits and faster patient recuperation time and comfort, according to a recent survey of 7,000 primary care physicians in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas regarding their opinions and attitudes about medical house calls.

According to the survey, 1 percent of primary physicians in specialties such as family practice, general practice, internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, palliative medicine and geriatric psychiatry presently conduct home visits with any regularity, that is, by seeing 25 or more patients in their homes weekly. While 79 percent say they currently are not conducting home medical visits during a typical week, 41 percent say they do make house calls from time to time.

The survey found that 25 percent of the physicians planned on purchasing communication technologies – PDAs, cell phones, pocket PCs – in the next one to two years. Other findings included the following:
- 69 percent agree (compared to eight percent who disagree) that house calls will result in fewer emergency room visits
- 89 percent to four percent agree that it will increase patient comfort
- 80 percent to eight percent agree that it will lead to more direct patient care

The survey was conducted by HouseMD Today in cooperation with the American Academy of Home Care Physicians and in part through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America.

For more information: and

Related Content

LungPrint Discovery offers fully automatic radiological metrics and unique, time-saving airway visualizations
News | Advanced Visualization | October 29, 2019
October 29, 2019 — VIDA Diagnostics, Inc.
Virtual Reality 3-D Models Help Yield Better Surgical Outcomes

Joseph Shirk, M.D., of UCLA with the virtual reality headset. Image courtesy of UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

News | Virtual and Augmented Reality | September 25, 2019
A UCLA-led study has found that using three-dimensional virtual reality (VR) models to prepare for kidney tumor...
3D Systems Earns Additional FDA Clearance for D2P Medical 3-D Printing Software

3D Systems’ D2P FDA-cleared software allows clinicians to 3-D-print diagnostic patient-specific anatomic models. Image courtesy of 3D Systems.

Technology | Medical 3-D Printing | September 12, 2019
3D Systems has received additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its D2P software...
Delaware Imaging Network Now Offers NeuroQuant Brain Imaging MRI Software
News | Neuro Imaging | August 29, 2019
Delaware Imaging Network (DIN), Delaware’s largest network of outpatient medical imaging centers, has added NeuroQuant...
Smoldering Spots in the Brain May Signal Severe MS

NIH researchers found that dark rimmed spots representing ongoing, “smoldering” inflammation, may be a hallmark of more disabling forms of multiple sclerosis. Image courtesy of Reich lab, NIH/NINDS.

News | Neuro Imaging | August 22, 2019
Aided by a high-powered brain scanner and a 3-D printer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers peered inside...
RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry
News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical...
Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation
Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019
Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release...
TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor
News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor...
A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model.

A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D.

Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis
Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and...

Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare

Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale
Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging.