Navigation Links
Patients' health service use

Primary care physicians Johannes Hauswaldt, Eva Hummers-Pradier, and Ulrike Junius-Walker address the question of how frequently different patient groups attend doctor's appointments in this issue of Deutsches rzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2012; 109[47]: 81420).

Current estimates for Germany are of 18 doctor's appointments per patient per year. However, until now there has been no further information on, for example, age groups or whether frequent contact with doctors is particularly noticeable in particular patient groups.

The authors defined patient groups, such as those with chronic illnesses, those with multiple illnesses, and frequent attenders. They then analyzed anonymized data for a total of 305 896 patients at 155 primary care practices from 1996 to 2006.

Each patient saw his or her primary care physician an average of seven times per year. Contrary to expectations, those with chronic illnesses did not see their doctors more frequently, but they did require special medical services such as detailed consultations and home visits. Frequent attenders seem to be a problematic group in outpatient care. They had an average of 24 doctorpatient contacts per year, although they were not seriously ill.


Contact: Johannes Hauswaldt
Deutsches Aerzteblatt International

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Gaps in Care Found for Sickle Cell Disease Patients
2. Reduced intensity regimen prior to marrow transplant better for older leukemia patients
3. Novel therapeutic agents provide hope for patients with hard-to-treat blood disorders
4. More than a third of high-risk leukemia patients respond to an experimental new drug
5. Dr. Michael Reiss of Southern Nevada Chiropractic Helps Car Accident Patients with Neck or Back Pain by Providing Computerized Spinal Exam and a Copy of His Book
6. Studies challenge standards to improve treatment outcomes for patients with clotting disorders
7. Investigational agent targets gene signaling pathways to improve response for patients with CLL
8. Updated Clinical Results Show Experimental Agent Ibrutinib as Highly Active in CLL Patients
9. VABC Responds to Study on Use of Cholesterol Lowering Drug Statins on Cancer Patients
10. Dr. Michael Reiss is Helping to Reduce Neck and Back Pain in Las Vegas and is Now Welcoming New Patients
11. Existing drugs may help more breast cancer patients
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... CBD College is proud to ... Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. CBD College is honored ... one of twelve colleges and universities in the state of California make the cut. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Patients ... central Michigan, have come together on Thanksgiving Day to share the things that ... viewing on the Serenity Point YouTube channel, patients displayed what they wrote on ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... ... Jobs in hospital medical laboratories and in the imaging field lead the ... Aureus Medical Group . These fields, as well as travel nursing, ranked ... jobs through the company’s website, , The leading healthcare staffing agency ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor of the world-class Asterisk based contact center ... reliability. , The new Q-Suite 6 platform is based on the latest Java Enterprise ... a specific piece of software for many key components of the suite. Much of ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... recognized once again for its stellar workplace culture with the company’s Cincinnati office ... , Medical Solutions’ Cincinnati office was named a finalist in Cincinnati Business Courier’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... --> Medical ... response system (PERS) market is ... 5 years with APAC being ... to see a high CAGR ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... --> --> ... immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy for advanced cancer.   ... with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy for advanced cancer.   ... with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy for advanced cancer.   ... immunotherapy can be efficiently combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... Pacific Cardiac Pacemaker Market Outlook to 2019 - Rise in ... Demand " report to their offering. ... Boston scientific and others. ... including Medtronic, Biotronik, Boston scientific and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: