Integrated care delivery and health care seeking by chronically-ill patients - A case-control study of rural Henan province, China Interventions in primary health care to improve outcome and equity in health

Leiyu Shi, Marty Makinen, De Chih Lee, Ruth Kidane, Nathan Blanchet, Hailun Liang, Jinghua Li, Magnus Lindelow, Hong Wang, Shuangbao Xie, Jian Wu

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined the impact of an Integrated Care Delivery intervention on health care seeking and outcomes for chronically-ill patients in Henan province, China. Methods: A case-control study was carried out in six health care organizations from two counties in Henan province, China. 371 patients aged 50 years or over with hypertension or diabetes who visited either community health centers or hospitals in the Intervention or Control Counties were systematically selected and surveyed on health care seeking behavior, quality of care, and pathway of care for their major chronic condition. Bivariate analyses were performed to compare quality and value of care indicators between patients from the Intervention and Control Counties. Multivariate analyses were used to confirm these associations after controlling for patients' demographic and health characteristics. Results: Patients in both the Intervention and Control Counties chose their current health care providers primarily out of concern for quality of care (provider expertise and adequate medical equipment) and patient-centered care. Compared with the patients from the Control County, those from the Intervention County performed significantly better on almost all the quality and value of care indicators even after controlling for patients' demographic and health characteristics. Significant associations between types of health care facilities and quality as well as value of care were also observed. Conclusion: The study showed that the Integrated Care Delivery Model was critical in guiding patients' health care seeking behavior and associated with improved accessibility, continuity, coordination and comprehensiveness of care, as well as reducing health inequities and mitigating disparities for older patients with chronic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number98
JournalInternational journal for equity in health
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 30 2015

Keywords

  • Community health centers
  • Diabetes
  • Integrated care
  • Primary care
  • Quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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