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Effect of a self-care book on physician visits. A randomized trial.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7373798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A self-care book that guides patients in seeking home care or physician care for 63 medical problems was assessed in three randomly selected groups of families to determine the book's effect on the number of visits to physicians. The first group was given the book and an optional seminar on its use; the second group was identical to the first but each family was promised $50 if their visits to physicians dropped by one third; the third group was a control group (total, 699 families). The book had no significant effect on the number of physician's visits during six- and 12-month study periods even though one half of the families read most or all of the book, and more than one third used it for a specific medical problem. Large-scale distribution of this self-care book therefore did not result in significantly less dependence on physicians for treatment of acute medical problems.
S H Moore; J LoGerfo; T S Inui
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JAMA     Volume:  243     ISSN:  0098-7484     ISO Abbreviation:  JAMA     Publication Date:  1980 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-07-26     Completed Date:  1980-07-26     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501160     Medline TA:  JAMA     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2317-20     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living*
Acute Disease
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Manuals as Topic*
Personal Health Services / utilization*
Random Allocation
United States

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