Relationship between process and outcome in ambulatory care

Robert L. Kane, Jerry Gardner, Diana Dryer Wright, George Snell, David Sundwall, F. Ross Woolley

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The outcomes of a series of some 410 acute episodes from two family practice centers were rated on the degree to which the patient regained his usual functional status and his satisfaction with the outcome and the process of care. A portion of outcomes (251) were then compared to process scores obtained using explicit criteria and the rest to implicit process ratings based on the problem-oriented record. In both instances those cases with good outcomes had better process scores than those with bad outcomes; neither measure of satisfaction had a consistent relationship with either process measure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-965
Number of pages5
JournalMedical care
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1977


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