Characteristics of patients with a regular source of care


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Characteristics of patients with a regular source of care

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMenec VH, Roos NP, Black CD, Bogdanovic B
JournalCanadian journal of public health.Revue canadienne de sante publiqueCan.J.Public Health
Pages299 - 303
Date Published2001
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Continuity of Patient Care, Demography, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Health Status Indicators, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Manitoba/epidemiology, Middle Aged, National Health Programs, Outpatients/classification, Socioeconomic Factors, Urban Health Services/utilization
AbstractThis study was designed to describe patient characteristics associated with having a regular source of care among all patients who received care from large urban clinics in Manitoba over a three-year period (N = 298,222). Using administrative data, patients were classified as having a regular source of care if they made 75% or more of their total ambulatory visits to the same clinic. Overall, 44.2% of patients had a regular source of care. A logistic regression showed that children and adults aged 45 and older were more likely to have a regular source of care than patients aged 18-44. Moreover, patients with a regular source of care tended to live in more affluent neighbourhoods and were healthier than individuals with no regular source of care. Systemic changes might be needed to enhance continuity of care (e.g., mechanisms to enhance access) among vulnerable segments of the population like the poor.
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