Context Few data are available regarding how patients view the role of primary care physicians as gatekeepers'in managed care systems.
Objective To determine the extent to which patients value the role of their primary care physicians as first-contact care providers and coordinators of referrals, whether patients perceive that their primary care physicians impede access to specialists, and whether problems in gaining access to specialists are associated with a reduction in patients'trust and confidence in their primary care physicians.
Design, Setting, and Patients Cross-sectional survey mailed in the fall of 1997 to 12 707 adult patients who were members of managed care plans and received care from 10 large physician groups in California.
The response rate among eligible patients was 71%. A total of 7718 patients (mean age, 66.7 years ; 32% female) were eligible for analysis.
Main Outcome Measures Questionnaire items addressed 3 main topics : (1) patient attitudes toward the first-contact and coordinating role of their primary care physicians, (2) patients'ratings of their primary care physicians (trust and confidence in and satisfaction with), and (3) patient perceptions of barriers to specialty referrals.
Referral barriers were analyzed as predictors of patients'ratings of their physicians.
Results Almost all patients valued the role of a primary care physician as a source of first-contact care (94%) and coordinator of referrals (89%). (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin intégré, Soin santé primaire, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Perception, Malade, Satisfaction, Rôle professionnel, Médecin généraliste, Coordination, Confiance, Evaluation, Relation médecin malade, Adulte, Homme, Agent santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Managed care, Primary health care, United States, North America, America, Perception, Patient, Satisfaction, Occupational role, General practitioner, Coordination, Confidence, Evaluation, Physician patient relation, Adult, Human, Health worker
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0423950
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 22/03/2000.