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Risk Factors for Poorly Coordinated Care: An International Study

Poor primary care coordination is associated with higher hospitalization rates

Being young, having a chronic illness, and lacking a positive, established relationship with a health care provider are each associated with poorly coordinated primary care, according to a new analysis published in Annals of Family Medicine. Based on responses to a Commonwealth Fund survey of adults in 11 high-income countries, a research team including Jonathan Penm of the University of Sydney and the Commonwealth Fund’s Michelle M. Doty found that the percentage of adults who experienced poorly coordinated primary care was 5.2 percent overall and highest in the U.S at 9.8 percent.

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