Specialists may provide primary care for their patients, but to what
extent? This study of Washington State Medicare outpatient visits evaluates
the amount and type of primary care specialists provide for their patients.
Based on their quantitative indices of primary care attributes, Dr Rosenblatt
and colleagues found that pulmonologists, rheumatologists, oncologists, general
surgeons, and gynecologists provided substantial amounts of primary care,
but most specialists did not take on a generalist role.