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Am J Public Health 88:1539-1541.
Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
OBJECTIVES: This study examined the effect of continuity with clinicians and health care sites on likelihood of future hospitalization.
METHODS: Delaware Medicaid patient data were analyzed. Logistic regression models supplied adjusted effects of continuity on hospitalization.
RESULTS: Patients in the high clinician continuity group had lower odds of hospitalization than patients in the high site/low clinician continuity group (odds ratio [OR] = 0.75, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.66, 0.87). The latter group did not differ from the low site/low clinician continuity group (OR = 0.93, 95% CI = 0.80, 1.08).
CONCLUSIONS: A location providing health care without clinician continuity may not be sufficient to ensure cost-effective care.
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