Measuring outcomes of care in an ambulatory primary care population - A pilot study

Robert L. Kane, F. Ross Woolley, Henry J. Gardner, George F. Snell, Elbert H. Leight, C. Hilmon Castle

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This study developed a practical method for determining the functional outcome status of patients in an ambulatory setting. Health status of 1,840 primary care patients was compared at three points in time: patient's usual status, status at the initial visit, and status at time of telephone follow-up. Follow-up status was also compared with the physician's expectation, which was estimated at the time of the initial visit. Of the patients, 62% showed improvement, 31% remained at the same level, and 7% deteriorated from the time of their initial clinic visit. Physicians tended to overestimate either the speed or degree with which patients return to their usual functional status; 32% of the patients studied reported themselves as being less well than usual at the time of follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1976
Externally publishedYes


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