Delayed access to health care: risk factors, reasons, and consequences.

  title={Delayed access to health care: risk factors, reasons, and consequences.},
  author={Joel S. Weissman and R S Stern and Stephen L Fielding and Arnold M. Epstein},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={114 4},
OBJECTIVE To determine characteristics of patients reporting delays in care before hospitalization and the reasons for those delays. DESIGN Survey; personal interviews. SETTING Five hospitals in Massachusetts. PATIENTS Subjects were drawn from a consecutive sample of all adult patients (excluding obstetrics or psychiatry patients) hospitalized during the first 6 months of 1987 as part of a larger study of hospital costs. For the current study, if patients were re-admitted, we included in… CONTINUE READING

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