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Getting Primary Care — A Life-Saving Intervention — Off Life Support

  • Jennifer E. DeVoe
    Correspondence: Address to Jennifer E. DeVoe, MD, DPhil, Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 Sam Jackson Park Rd, FM, Portland, OR 97239
    Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
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      Valerie is in her mid-70s, and I have had the privilege of being her primary care physician (PCP) for 18 years. She is the rare patient whose recommended preventive care is always up-to-date and whose medication list includes only vitamins. She sees me annually to get her flu shot and to receive other recommended preventive care. Over the years, I have learned that she takes great pride in swimming 2 miles every day. She helps to care for several elderly neighbors, running occasional errands and ensuring they have enough food and other household items.
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