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Continuity of GP care is associated with lower use of complementary and alternative medical providers: a population-based cross-sectional survey

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, December 2014
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Title
Continuity of GP care is associated with lower use of complementary and alternative medical providers: a population-based cross-sectional survey
Published in
BMC Health Services Research, December 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12913-014-0629-7
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Authors

Anne Helen Hansen, Agnete E Kristoffersen, Olaug S Lian, Peder A Halvorsen

Abstract

BackgroundContinuity of general practitioner (GP) care is associated with reduced use of emergency departments, hospitalisation, and outpatient specialist services. Evidence about the relationship between continuity and use of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) providers has so far been lacking. The aim of this study was to test the association between continuity of GP care and the use of CAM providers.MethodsWe used questionnaire data from the sixth Tromsø Study, conducted in 2007¿8. Using descriptive statistical methods, we estimated the proportion using a CAM provider among adults (30¿87 years) who had visited a GP during the last 12 months. By means of logistic regressions, we studied the association between the duration of the GP-patient relationship and the use of CAM providers. Analyses were adjusted for the frequency of GP visits, gender, age, marital status, income, education, and self-rated health and other proxies for health care needs.ResultsOf 9,743 eligible GP users, 85.1% had seen the same GP for more than two years, 83.7% among women and 86.9% among men. The probability of visiting a CAM provider was lower among those with a GP relationship of more than 2 years compared to those with a shorter GP relationship (odds ratio [OR] 0.81, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.68-0.96). Other factors associated with CAM use were female gender, poor health, low age and high income. There was no association with education.ConclusionsContinuity of GP care as measured by the duration of the GP-patient relationship was associated with lower use of CAM providers. Together with previous studies this suggests that continuity of GP care may contribute to health care delivery from fewer providers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 32 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 10 31%
Researcher 5 16%
Lecturer 3 9%
Other 2 6%
Student > Bachelor 2 6%
Other 5 16%
Unknown 5 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 38%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 16%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3%
Other 4 13%
Unknown 6 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 26. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 September 2016.
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