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Date:9/10/2008

fections; sinusitis; bronchitis; sore throat; immunizations; inner ear infections; swimmers ear; conjunctivitis; and urinary tract infections. These conditions accounted for 18 percent of primary care visits and 12 percent of emergency department visits.

The study, which didn't examine the quality of care provided by retail clinics, was published in the September/October issue of the journal Health Affairs.

Some critics have suggested that retail health clinics may disrupt patient relationships with primary care doctors, but this study shows that's not a major issue.

"Since most of these patients do not have a primary care physician, there is no relationship to disrupt," Mehrotra noted. "However, future studies should investigate quality, the likelihood that patients are getting needed preventive and follow-up care."

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The Center for the Advancement of Health has more about retail medical clinics.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: RAND Corporation, news release, Sept. 10, 2008


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