Past studies have demonstrated that the majority of health care visits are made to general practitioners, and that socio-economically disadvantaged individuals are significantly more likely to use such services.
Relatively little is known, however, about the quality of general practice care provided to patients of different socio-economic status.
The specific aims of the study were to determine whether an association existed between consultation duration and patient educational and occupational status, and if an association was evident, to determine the extent of association after taking into account a range of identified confounding variables and the effect of a clustered sample design.
Consecutive consultations from a randomly selected sample of general practitioners were audiotaped and their durations measured electronically.
Patient education and occupational status were obtained by questionnaire.
Information concerning a range of additional patient, practitioner and consultation variables was also assessed in order to identify possible confounders of the association between consultation duration and patient occupational and educational status.
No association was evident between consultation duration and level of patient educational qualification.
Independent of identified confounding variables and the effect of a clustered sample design, general practitioners spent less time with those patients employed in unskilled occupations.
Unskilled patients received 2.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin généraliste, Durée, Consultation, Personnel sanitaire, Statut socioéconomique, Activité professionnelle, Niveau étude, Qualité, Homme, Australie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : General practitioner, Duration, Consultation, Health staff, Socioeconomic status, Professional activity, Education level, Quality, Human, Australia, Oceania
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0245474
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 11/06/1997.