Tessa van Loenen

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BACKGROUND Often used indicators for the quality of primary care are hospital admissions rates for conditions which are potentially avoidable by well-functioning primary care. Such hospitalizations are frequently termed as ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs). OBJECTIVE We aim to investigate which characteristics of primary care organization(More)
BACKGROUND Strong primary care systems are believed to have an important role in dealing with healthcare challenges. Strengthening primary care systems is therefore a common policy goal for many countries. This study aims to investigate whether the Netherlands, the UK and Germany have strengthened their primary care systems in 2006-2012. METHOD For this(More)
OBJECTIVE Diabetes is a so-called ambulatory care sensitive condition. It is assumed that by appropriate and timely primary care, hospital admissions for complications of such conditions can be avoided. This study examines whether differences between countries in diabetes-related hospitalization rates can be attributed to differences in the organization of(More)
BACKGROUND Some people have a lower threshold to seek care for certain symptoms than others. This study aims to investigate what factors are associated with patients' propensity to seek care. In addition, this study explores whether patients' propensity to seek care is associated with their actual health care utilization. We hypothesized that higher scores(More)
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