Comparison of a community clinic with a hospital out-patient clinic in rheumatology.
Community clinics are increasingly advocated as a way of delivering specialist health care.
In this study, a hospital-based clinic is compared to a rotating community clinic in terms of descriptive consultation data, patient satisfaction, case mix and cost.
Among other things, community clinics were more local (1.6 vs 4.9 miles), involved less waiting for the first appointment (47 vs 27% seen within 1 month), provided longer consultation times (49 vs 31% 20min appointments) and produced more satisfactory consultations (82 vs 52% said their questions were always answered).
Consultation data, however, showed that less patients were seen in the community clinic (8.6 vs 14.1 patients/doctor/clinic), with a higher old/new ratio (6.04 vs 3.96) and the cost per patient was higher (£15.93 vs £10.35).
No differences were found in the case-mix data.
Mots-clés Pascal : Royaume Uni, Etude comparative, Service santé, Milieu hospitalier, Ambulatoire, Rhumatologie, Evaluation, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Homme, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United Kingdom, Comparative study, Health service, Hospital environment, Ambulatory, Rheumatology, Evaluation, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Human, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0234901
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 199608.