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Endocrine Is In: A Top 3 Primary Care Diagnostic Group

Endocrine Is In: A Top 3 Primary Care Diagnostic Group

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Endocrine Disorders: The Facts and Figures

Diseases of the endocrine system accounted for 76.6 million of the more than 1.25 billion ambulatory care visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments in the United States in 2009-2010.

In the first article in this series, “Top 10 Reasons Why Patients Come to Primary Care,” we analyzed the leading diagnostic categories in primary care and how they may affect your practice.

In the second article, we highlighted the number 1 diagnostic category in primary care, respiratory disorders.

In the third article, we featured the number 2 diagnostic category, circulatory disorders, including hypertension, the most common diagnosis in primary care.

This installment covers the third leading diagnostic category in primary care, endocrine disorders.

These diseases include disorders of lipoid metabolism, obesity, acquired hypothyroidism, “other endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases and immunity disorders,” and “other disorders of the thyroid gland”—and by far the most common endocrine diagnosis in primary care, diabetes.

Find out what you know, and don’t know, about the third biggest reason why patients come to your practice in the pages that follow.

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