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Consultation frequencies in general practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  914529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
S J Kilpatrick
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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    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child, Preschool
Family Practice*
Great Britain
Middle Aged
Physicians / utilization*
Sex Factors
Time Factors

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