A military application of a medical self-care program.
The cost of health care is a growing concern to the military.
Many military clinic appointments and emergency department visits are unnecessary ; they are for minor, self-limiting illnesses and injuries that could be treated at home.
Military health care can no longer afford the luxury of treating minor illnesses and injuries in the hospital setting.
This paper examines one method for military beneficiaries to obtain health care services appropriately.
A selected group of military family members received a medical self-care book and an education session, which resulted in more appropriate decision-making about when to use the health care system.
This was a 6-month, experimental study using control and experimental groups, with surveys before and after the study period.
The self-care book was used 628 times to help make more informed decisions about when to seek medical care.
The mean number of clinic and emergency room visits (p=0.02) decreased for those using the medical self-care book.
Mots-clés Pascal : Programme thérapeutique, Automédication, Traitement, Militaire, Armée, Livre, Médecine, Organisation santé, Homme, Prise charge
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Therapeutic schedule, Self prescription, Treatment, Military, Army, Book, Medicine, Public health organization, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0521905
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 23/03/1999.