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Linking survey data with computerised records to predict consulting by older people.

Harris, Tess, Cook, Derek G, Victor, Christina R, Beighton, Carole, DeWilde, Stephen and Carey, Iain M (2005) Linking survey data with computerised records to predict consulting by older people. British Journal of General Practice, 54(509), pp. 928-931. ISSN (print) 0960-1643

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Despite high consultation rates, little is known about predictors of primary care use by older people. A survey of patients aged > or = 65 years from two London practices included details on physical health and functioning, psychological measures, social support, and socioeconomic measures. The response rate was 75% (1704/2276). We obtained consent to link the survey data to subjects' computerised primary care records for 92% (1565/1704) of responders. Individual factors (physical ill health, anxiety, female sex), social factors (frequent telephone contact with friends or family), and practice factors independently predicted consultation in the year post survey. Although physical ill health was the most important, the other factors had independent effects and may be useful in understanding the increase in consulting by older people.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Primary care and other community based clinical subjects
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Depositing User: Carole Beighton
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 10:13
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 10:13

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