Factors associated with frequent attendance in a Bedouin primary care setting Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Frequent attendance affects delivery and cost of effective health services, quality of care, and burden on primary care physicians. The aim of this study was to investigate factors associated with frequent attendance, as well as types of health care utilization, in a Bedouin primary care setting. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted on adult frequent attenders (FAs) and controls in a primary care clinic serving a Bedouin population in southern Israel. Social, demographic and clinical data were manually extracted by reviewing the clinic's computerized medical records. The associations between these factors and frequent attendance were analyzed. RESULTS: The study included 118 cases and 121 controls (59% female, mean age: 39.6+/-14.9 years). FAs were more likely to use consultation referrals, prescriptions, investigative studies, laboratory tests, and …

publication date

  • January 1, 2008