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SourceHealth Policy, 68, 3, (2004), pp. 353-7
Article / Letter to editor
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Centre for Quality of Care Research
SubjectEBP 4: Quality of Care
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between patient evaluations of general practice and characteristics of national health care systems. METHODS: International comparative study in 17 countries, using international patient survey data (n= 25052) and data-bases for health care system characteristics. Dependent variable was patients' evaluation of general practice care. Five independent factors were examined: GP density, physician density, fee for service reimbursement, gatekeeper role, and first-contact role. RESULTS: None of the associations were statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS: Patients were highly satisfied with general practice in different national health care systems. Descriptive tables on international variations may lead to misleading conclusions.
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