Multiple Risk Factors and the Likelihood of Patient-Physician Communication and Health Maintenance Services in Medicare Health Plans.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington, DC (Drs Ng and Scholle and Ms Kong)
The Journal of ambulatory care management 01/2013; 36(1):50-60. DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e318267473b
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This study examined both individual and combined effects of race, education, and health-based risk factors on health maintenance services among Medicare plan members. Data were from 110 238 elderly completing the 2006 Medicare Health Outcomes Survey. Receipt of recommended patient-physician communication and interventions for urinary incontinence, physical activity, falls, and osteoporosis was modeled as a function of risk factors. Low education decreased the odds of receiving services; poor health increased odds. Race had little effect. Evidence suggested moderation among competing effects. While clinicians target services to most at-risk elderly individuals, patients with low education experience gaps. Synergies among co-occurring risks warrant further research.

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