Referrals of adult patients from primary care: demographic disparities and their relationship to HMO insurance.

@article{Franks1997ReferralsOA,
  title={Referrals of adult patients from primary care: demographic disparities and their relationship to HMO insurance.},
  author={Peter Franks and Carolyn M Clancy},
  journal={The Journal of family practice},
  year={1997},
  volume={45 1},
  pages={47-53}
}
BACKGROUND Increasing enrollment in managed care organizations and dissatisfaction with policies to restrict direct access to specialists have intensified interest in referrals from primary care physicians to specialists. We examined the associations of demographic factors and insurance with referrals of adult patients by primary care physicians. METHODS Office visits of adult patients to primary care physicians (general practitioners, family physicians, and internists) reported in the… CONTINUE READING