Author: Watson, James Lewis
This study examines why some primary care clients report higher self-rated health and tests for statistical relationships between healthy self-rated health and a variety of continuity of care measures. Using original survey data collected at Vancouver’s Mid-Main Community Health Centre, the study finds 80 per cent of patients surveyed rate their health as healthy. Further multivariate statistical testing indicates patients visiting the clinic over five times annually are 78 per cent less likely to report healthy self-rated health than those who visit less than five times. Chronic conditions also negatively correlate to self-rated health. Based on these findings the study recommends Mid-Main continue providing its current range of services while tracking high-frequency Mid-Main visitors using expanded electronic medical record functionality.
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