The Value of Home-Based Primary Care: Qualitative Exploration of Homebound Participant Perspectives

Sarah LaFave, Brittany Drazich, Orla C. Sheehan, Bruce Leff, Sarah L. Szanton, Mattan Schuchman

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Older adults’ preference to age in place and health systems’ commitment to cost-effective quality care has set the stage for a growing interest in home-based primary care (HBPC). The objective of this study was to explore what patients and caregivers value about HBPC and what modifications could improve its value. Semi-structured individual interviews (n = 20) were audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded for themes. Four themes emerged: (a) HBPC offers peace of mind because patients can access care without leaving the home and can reach the primary care team at all hours, (b) HBPC supports aging in place by providing in-home care, (c) HBPC supports provider rapport building because of the intimate setting and continuity of care, (d) HBPC patients and caregivers have significant nonmedical needs. Findings suggest that teams developing or expanding on HBPC programs should prioritize access to providers, rapport building with patients and families, and supporting patients’ and caregivers’ nonmedical needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1611-1616
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • home-based
  • homebound
  • in-home
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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