A comparison of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) measurement approach with direct observation of outpatient visits.

@article{Gilchrist2004ACO,
  title={A comparison of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) measurement approach with direct observation of outpatient visits.},
  author={Valerie J Gilchrist and Kurt C. Stange and Susan A. Flocke and Gary McCord and Claire C. Bourguet},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={2004},
  volume={42 3},
  pages={276-80}
}
BACKGROUND The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) informs a wide range of important policy and clinical decisions by providing nationally representative data about outpatient practice. However, the validity of the NAMCS methods has not been compared with a reference standard. METHODS Office visits of 549 patients visiting 30 family physicians in Northeastern Ohio were observed by trained research nurses. Visit content measured by direct observation was compared with data reported… CONTINUE READING

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