0
ARTICLE |

Regular Source of Ambulatory Care and Medical Care Utilization by Patients Presenting to a Public Hospital Emergency Department

David W. Baker, MD, MPH; Carl D. Stevens, MD, MPH; Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD
JAMA. 1994;271(24):1909-1912. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510480033030.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Objective.  —To determine the regular source of care and the relationship between usual provider and use of medical services among ambulatory emergency department patients.

Design.  —Cross-sectional survey.

Setting.  —A public hospital in Los Angeles County, California.

Patients.  —A total of 1190 stable, ambulatory adults presenting to the emergency department during a 2-week period.

Main Outcome Measures.  —Self-reported regular source of care, usual health status, and recent physician visits.

Results.  —A total of 16% of the patients identified an emergency department as their regular source of care. One fourth of this group reported fair or poor health. African Americans and Latinos were more likely than whites to identify an emergency department as their regular source of care. Patients who identified an emergency department as their regular source of care had 25% fewer physician visits and were less likely to have seen a physician during the preceding 3 months than patients who were usually seen in an office or clinic (relative risk, 0.45; 95% confidence interval, 0.28 to 0.70). Of all patients, 56% identified a regular source of care other than an emergency department, but 24% to 36% of all their recent physician visits still occurred in an emergency department.

Conclusion.  —Our patients rely heavily on emergency departments for ambulatory physician visits, regardless of their reported regular source of care. However, patients who identify an emergency department as their regular source of ambulatory care used physician services less frequently than patients with access to providers in other settings. These issues require further evaluation with populationbased surveys.(JAMA. 1994;271:1909-1912)

Topics

Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

Figures

Tables

References

CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();