Health Indicator Report of Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider
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 Race, Utah, 2011-2013
NotesAge-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population based on 3 age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+.
Data SourceUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
Data Interpretation IssuesQuestion Text: "Do you have one person you think of as your personal doctor or health care provider?" Respondents can answer "Yes, only one", "Yes, more than one" or "No." For this indicator, the two "Yes" responses have been combined. Beginning in 2011, BRFSS data include both landline and cell phone respondent data 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. More details about these changes can be found at: http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/brfss/Raking/Raking%20impact%202011.pdf. As with all surveys, some error results from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions) and measurement (e.g., social desirability or recall bias). Error was minimized by use of strict calling protocols (up to 15 calls were made to reach each household), good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision.
DefinitionPercentage of adults who reported having one or more persons they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
NumeratorNumber of adults who reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
DenominatorTotal number of adults interviewed during the same survey period.
Healthy People Objective AHS-3:Increase the proportion of persons with a usual primary care provider
U.S. Target: 83.9 percent
Other ObjectivesOne of Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators.
How Are We Doing?In 2013, 71.5% (crude rate) of Utah adults reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider. However, 28.5% of Utahns did not have a personal doctor or health care provider. Lack of a primary care provider was more common among young adults, especially men aged 18 to 34 (only 46.8% reported having a personal doctor in 2013). In 2013, the Salt Lake City (Glendale) Utah Small Area (56.2%, age-adjusted rate) had the lowest percentage of people who reported having a primary care provider among all of Utah's Small Areas.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?In 2013, Utah (73.3%) had a similar age-adjusted rate of persons reporting a primary care provider when compared with the U.S. (75.1%), though the Utah rate was statistically significantly lower than that for the U.S.
What Is Being Done?The Utah Department of Health has programs such as Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP), and the Primary Care Network (PCN) to pay health care costs for low-income children and adults and those with disabilities.
Available ServicesFor information on the Medicaid program: MEDICAID: In the Salt Lake City area, call 538-6155. In Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, call toll-free 1-800-662-9651. From other states, call 1-801-538-6155. Medicaid Customer Service staff are available to take inquiries. Call the Health Resource Line: 1-888-222-2542 for information on CHIP and the PCN. CHIP: Children's Health Insurance Program (for children 0-18) Or visit the CHIP website at http://www.utahchip.org/ PCN: Utah Primary Care Network (for low-income adults) at http://health.utah.gov/pcn/
Page Content Updated On 12/10/2014, Published on 12/11/2014