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Indicator Report - Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider

Why Is This Important?

As each new health care need arises, an individual's first point of contact with the health care system is typically his or her personal doctor. In most cases a personal doctor can effectively and efficiently manage a patient's medical care because they understand that person's medical history and social background. Having a regular source of health care is also an indicator of overall access to care.

At Least One Primary Provider by Local Health District, Utah, 2012

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Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population. The 2012 BRFSS data in this graph include both landline and cell phone respondent interviews along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This methodology utilizes additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting procedure. Both of these methodology changes were implemented to account for an increased number of U.S. households without landline phones and an under-representation of certain demographic groups that were not well-represented in the sample. This graph is based on the new methodology. More details about these changes can be found at: http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/brfss/Raking/Raking%20impact%202011.pdf.

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health. U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.

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Definition

Percentage of adults who reported having one or more persons they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of adults who reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
Denominator: Total number of adults interviewed during the same survey period.

Page Content Updated On 05/01/2014, Published on 09/09/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:40:31 MDT