Minding the Gap: Factors Associated with Primary Care Coordination of Adults in 11 Countries

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The Commonwealth Fund highlights the high rate of poor primary care coordination in the United States, in comparison to 10 other high-income countries.  While the average across all countries for poor coordination was 5.2 percent, the United States had an average of 9.8 percent of cases where primary care coordination was lacking. The survey found that those who had a positive relationship with their primary care provider were “less likely to report poor care coordination.”  In addition, hospitalization rates and both urgent and non-urgent ER visits were higher among those with poor care coordination.  The Commonwealth Fund also reports that “poor primary care coordination was more likely to occur among patients with chronic conditions and those younger than 65.”

Strengthening the role of primary care providers and providing the resources for them to be the “medical home” for patients are key drivers of DCHI’s Clinical Committee, which strives for every Delawarean to have a primary care provider who will serve as the “linchpin” for all of their health care needs.  Download the Clinical Commmittee's last piece of content by clicking the link below!

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