Patient health status and appointment keeping in an urban community health center
UMass Chan AffiliationsCenter for Health Policy and Research, Office of Community Programs
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Aged, 80 and over
*Appointments and Schedules
Community Health Centers
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
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AbstractThis study examines the relationship between patient health status and the likelihood of missing appointments in a community health center serving low-income patients. Medical records of 465 adult patients scheduled to be seen during one week in February 1999 were audited for an 18-month period. Seventy-three percent of patients failed to keep one or more appointments; 43% missed one or two; 30% missed three or more. Health status measures significantly associated with missing appointments included depression (p = 0.03), anxiety/panic disorder (p = 0.03), and using tobacco (p =
SourceJ Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Aug;15(3):474-88.
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