Resource Utilization in Ambulatory Primary Care at Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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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.
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