Predicting health care use among older osteoarthritis patients in an HMO.

@article{Cronan1995PredictingHC,
  title={Predicting health care use among older osteoarthritis patients in an HMO.},
  author={Terry A Cronan and William T. Shaw and R A Gallagher and Michael A Weisman},
  journal={Arthritis care and research : the official journal of the Arthritis Health Professions Association},
  year={1995},
  volume={8 2},
  pages={66-72}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine factors that predict health care use among members of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Demographic, health, and psychological factors were examined simultaneously. METHODS Participants were HMO members 60 years of age or older who had osteoarthritis (OA). All participants reported symptoms of OA, with 90% of the diagnoses confirmed by evaluation of physician records. RESULTS Age, the presence of other medical conditions, quality of well-being, and the Health… CONTINUE READING