Accession Number : ADA261771


Title :   Resource Utilization in Ambulatory Primary Care at Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION


Personal Author(s) : Lupo, Martha C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a261771.pdf


Report Date : 23 Jul 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 46


Abstract : A cross sectional study was conducted comparing the utilization of medications, laboratory studies, and diagnostic x-ray procedures for the most frequently seen pediatric acute minor illnesses by three different groups of physicians providing primary care: PRIMUS, physicians, CHAMPUS Partnership physicians and military physicians. The sample consisted of approximately 270 children having one of three major acute minor illnesses. The purpose of this study was to determine if differences in resource utilization exist among physician groups who provide care for the pediatric population at Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas. A statistically significant difference in resource utilization was found in the frequency of prescribing medications between PRIMUS and military physicians. Further research will be needed to identify specific factors contributing to the differences. The findings of this study indicate the need for physicians to consider establishing practice guidelines in certain settings for the management of commonly seen pediatric Utilization management, Resource utilization, Practice patterns, Ambulatory care. complaints in order to promote cost containment and maintain quality of care. Practice patterns which favor the conservative use of medications appear to already exist in the military physician group in this study.


Descriptors :   *MEDICAL SERVICES , *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , *PEDIATRICS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , MANAGEMENT , FAMILY MEMBERS , THESES , X RAYS , COSTS , PHYSICIANS , CHILDREN , TEXAS , UTILIZATION , HOSPITALS , ARMY , QUALITY , ILLNESS , PATTERNS , RESOURCES , LABORATORIES


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE