Jeff Angileri
Jul 1, 2009, 7:54 PM

How well you know your primary care physician may impact your overall health -- that's according to a new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers looked at more than 155,000 patients in a primary care network. They found that patients who had a strong connection to a particular physician were more likely to receive recommended care.

They're more trusting and willing to take their medications, willing to follow their diet recommendations, and exercise recommendations, and follow up, said Alan Singer, M.D.

Dr. Singer is a cardiologist at St. Mary's Hospital. He says continuity of care is a shared responsibility between physicians and patients. He recommends bringing a written set of questions to every appointment.

Sometimes when things are happening quickly in a clinic appointment or a hospital, in the stress of the situation, people forget to ask everything, and ask all the questions you have, Dr. Singer said.

Dr. Singer also says if you are ever uncomfortable with your primary care physician, don't hesitate to go somewhere else or get a second opinion.