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Heintzman J, Marino M, Hoopes M
Using electronic health record data to evaluate preventive service utilization among uninsured safety net patients.
This study used EHR data to compare the preventive service utilization of uninsured patients receiving care at Oregon community health centers (CHCs) in 2008 through 2011 with that of continuously insured patients at the same CHCs in the same period. The results showed that CHCs provided many preventive services to uninsured patients, but that uninsured patients were less likely than continuously insured patients to receive 5 of 11 preventive services. The authors concluded that lack of insurance is a barrier to preventive service utilization, even in patients who can access care at a CHC.
Citation: Heintzman J, Marino M, Hoopes M . Using electronic health record data to evaluate preventive service utilization among uninsured safety net patients. Prev Med 2014 Oct;67:306-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.08.006.
Keywords: Community-Based Practice, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Healthcare Utilization, Prevention, Uninsured