Checking the Eyes and Ears of Primary Care Visits
Of more than 1.25 billion ambulatory care visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments in the United States in 2009-2010, 106 million visits (8.5%) were for diseases of the nervous system and sense organs. More than 30 million of these visits were to primary care offices. The main diagnostic reasons for primary care visits in this category, as a group, were eye disorders. Another leading reason: ear disorders.
This is the sixth article in a series on top 10 diagnostic categories in primary care practice. In the first article, we summarized the leading diagnostic categories in primary care and how they may affect your practice. Subsequent articles provided more details on each of the top 4 diagnostic categories: respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal. This article addresses the number 5 diagnostic category, diseases of the nervous system and sense organs.
Find out more about the fifth leading reason for primary care visits in the pages that follow.