Document Detail


Consultation frequencies in general practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  914529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Some models of the process by which individuals seek medical care suggest the negative binomial as the underlying distribution of the frequencies of consultations in a given practice. Data from the 1970-71 National Morbidity Survey of General Practice are used to test these competing models. It is shown that the negative binomial distribution successfully fits consultation frequencies in aggregate and in subdivisions according to age, sex, and duration of registration. In this article is is assumed that the consultation process has two components: the patient's decision to visit his doctor for a new illness and the follow-up visits that results from this new problem. Supplementing previous evidence that the distribution of episodes of new illnesses follows a negative binomial distribution, this article shows that consultation frequencies among individuals presenting with one new illness also follow a negative binomial distribution. A unifying model is required to synthesize these findings.
Authors:
S J Kilpatrick
Related Documents :
23407379 - Deriving a prediction rule for short stay admission in trauma patients admitted at a ma...
22943139 - An evaluation of the external validity and reliability of a rugby league match simulati...
24416249 - Generalized linear mixed models for binary data: are matching results from penalized qu...
11178929 - Multivariate extreme value distributions and coverage of ranking probabilities.
24127319 - Application of a tenax model to assess bioavailability of pcbs in field sediments.
23410529 - Covariate adjustment in estimating the area under roc curve with partially missing gold...
16320279 - Goodness of fit of relative survival models.
20352369 - Modeling the relationship between cervical cancer mortality and trace elements based on...
21526119 - Towards accurate estimation of the proportion of true null hypotheses in multiple testing.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health services research     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0017-9124     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Serv Res     Publication Date:  1977  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-12-29     Completed Date:  1977-12-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0053006     Medline TA:  Health Serv Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284-98     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Age Factors
Aged
Child, Preschool
Family Practice*
Female
Great Britain
Humans
Infant
Male
Middle Aged
Morbidity
Physicians / utilization*
Probability
Sex Factors
Time Factors
Comments/Corrections

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine


Previous Document:  Nurse clinician productivity using a relative value scale.
Next Document:  Location and cost of ambulances serving a rural area.