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Continuity of Care

What is continuity of care?

Continuity of care is the process of ongoing care delivery. Patients work with their healthcare provider and care team to manage their health over time. Continuity of care is a vital element of family medicine.  

Why is continuity of care important to healthcare?

Continuity of care is important because it decreases care fragmentation to ensure healthcare is safe, cost-efficient and high-quality. It also lets healthcare providers detect issues sooner and advocate for their patients more. Continuity of care also increases trust between patient and provider.