Young, minority women bypass primary care for OB/GYN

March 19, 2013

Young, minority women are more likely to have their primary care needs met by the obstetrician/gynecologist, according to new research from Montefiore Medical Center.

Young minority women are more likely to have their primary care needs met by the obstetrician/gynecologist (ob/gyn), according to new research from Montefiore Medical Center.

The study found that although members of this demographic circumvented their primary care physician (PCP) for their ob/gyn, only 20% say that their ob/gyn cares for all their health needs. For example, only 33% say they discussed heart disease with their ob/gyn, despite the fact that 31% of the women who responded to the survey experienced pregnancy-related diseases such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, which increase the risk of heart disease.

The study included nearly 500 women in the Bronx, New York. More than half of the women aged 18 to 40 years who were polled say their ob/gyn is the only physician they see on an annual basis, whereas 68% of women aged at least 41 years also saw an internist. Additionally, about 40% of the women surveyed reported having chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity or hypertension, the report notes.

The report was presented this week at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California.

 

 

 

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