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Date:8/31/2009

t in a retail clinic, there is no supervising doctor present, he said, adding, "Say a sore throat turns out to be something more serious. A PA may miss that diagnosis."

Mehrotra acknowledged that his study had several limitations. It was based entirely on data from one state. It looked at predominantly young, female, insured patients who were relatively healthy and affluent. And it focused on only three diagnoses.

Still, Mehrotra said, his study provides evidence that retail clinics can offer a safe level of care and have a place in the health-care system.

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The California HealthCare Foundation has more on retail clinics.



SOURCE: Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Scott D. Hayworth, M.D., chief executive officer, Mount Kisco Medical Group, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; Sept. 1, 2009, Annals of Internal Medicine


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