Objectives: Coordination of medication prescribing is important in the care of patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) given the involvement of multiple providers and multiple medications used to manage MCC. The objective of this study was to identify physician and practice factors associated with physicians' coordination of prescribing for complex patients with MCC. Methods: Our cross-sectional study used a 33-item anonymous, online survey to assess physicians' coordination practices while prescribing for patients with MCC. We sampled primary care physicians (PCPs), psychiatrists, and oncologists across the United States. Coordination of medication prescribing was measured on a 7-point Likert-type scale. χ2, Fisher exact test, and binomial logistic regression, adjusted for factors and covariates, were used to determine differences in coordination of prescribing. Average marginal effects were calculated for factors. Results: A total of 50 PCPs, 50 psychiatrists, and 50 oncologists participated. Most psychiatrists (56%) and oncologists (52%) reported frequently coordinating prescribing with other physicians, whereas less than half of the PCPs (42%) reported frequently coordinating prescribing. Female physicians were 25% points more likely to report coordinating prescribing than male physicians (P = 0.0186), and physicians not using electronic medical records were 30% points more likely to report coordinating prescribing than physicians using electronic medical records (P = 0.0230). Four additional factors were associated with lower likelihood of coordinating prescribing. Conclusions: Physician and practice factors may influence differences in coordination of medication prescribing, despite physician specialty. These factors can provide a foundation for developing interventions to improve coordination of prescribing practices for MCC.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Patient Safety|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was funded by the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer. The sponsor of this study played no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, editing, or censuring of the manuscript.
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- Care coordination
- Multiple chronic conditions
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't