Development of a Long-Term Process for Collection of Doctor-Patient Encounter Data in a Ambulatory Care Facility.
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The thesis is a pilot effort in the development of a long-term process for collection of doctor-patient encounter data in an ambulatory care facility. The use of outpatient measures of effectiveness in the comparison of the quality of care delivered by two or more modes of ambulatory care is discussed. The delivery system from which the data was collected is described fully and data collection and processing procedures are explained in detail. Examples of both utilization of data by the facility from which it was collected and in more general sense are given. While the data is not definitive due to both the relatively short sample period and the derivation from a single source, the authors believe the methodology to be useful and its potential to have been demonstrated.
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