Benefits of a House Call Doctor’s More Intimate Care Bolstered by New Study on Intense Grief and Health, says Dr. Michael Farzam of House Call Doctor Los Angeles

Share Article

The Los Angeles-based internist comments on a recent article that a house call doctor is often able to glean additional information that can lead to better diagnoses.

The death of a loved one can have a powerful negative impact on a person's health, especially if unnoticed by health care providers.

Being able to meet patients in their natural environments, whether it’s a home, office, or even a hotel room, can often yield important clues.

An October 30 article in Forbes discusses a recent study which looked into the link between inflammation, a known risk factor for a multitude of health problems, and grief. Researchers took blood samples from 100 people who had recently lost their spouse and paired them with interviews taken of the subjects. It found that people who said they were experiencing a more intense sort of grief, in which they might feel as if life had become pointless, had a level of inflammation that was as much as 54 percent higher compared to the less severely grief-stricken individuals. Dr. Michael Farzam of House Call Doctor Los Angeles says that this study adds to the large body of evidence showing a clear connection between the mind and the body. He adds that being able to meet patients in their natural environments, whether it’s a home, office, or even a hotel room, can often yield important clues about a patient’s medical history as well as psychological and emotional wellbeing that can lead to better outcomes for patients.

Dr. Farzam says that house call doctors’ access to a patient in their home or work environment can provide information about what is going on in a patient’s life, without the physician having to ask a lot of questions. For example, many men in particular might not even think of mentioning that they have lost a loved one when they go to a doctor with a health complaint. Moreover, many patients of all genders might not think to mention negative events in their lives because they might not think it’s relevant. Dr. Farzam mentions that people especially tend to downplay the seriousness of a death of a pet, for example, and would never think of making a point of mentioning it when seeing a doctor. However, the internist says, a physician might see a picture of person or a pet who doesn’t appear to be around, ask about it, and find out what’s happened. Knowing that the patient has recently endured the loss of a beloved family member can lead to a more correct diagnosis, says Dr. Farzam. He notes that while some people are just naturally sloppy, especially when they’re not feeling well, a seriously unkempt home can also be a warning sign of depression. He notes that a house call doctor also has to time to ask questions that can help ascertain the nature of a situation.

Of course, add Dr. Farzam, the reasons most patients prefer house call medicine has mostly to do with convenience, but he says that can also be important. Removing stressful trips to a doctor’s office, followed by an unpleasant hour or two waiting in a standard urgent care or emergency room, can help improve recovery by avoiding added stress, says the doctor.

Interested readers can learn more about Dr. Michael Farzam and House Call Doctor Los Angeles by calling 310-849-7991 or visiting

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Dr. Michael Farzam
Visit website