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Complete Health Indicator Report of Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider

Definition

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

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.

Data Interpretation Issues

Question 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: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/resource/brfss/RakingImpact2011.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.

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.

Healthy People Objective AHS-3:

Increase the proportion of persons with a usual primary care provider
U.S. Target: 83.9 percent

Other Objectives

One of Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators.

How Are We Doing?

In 2020, 73.7% (crude rate) of Utah adults reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider. However, 26.3% 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 ages 18 to 34 (only 48.6% reported having a personal doctor) in 2020. In 2018-2020, the Washington Co (Other) V2 Small Area (60.5%), the San Juan (Other) Small Area (53.9%), and West Valley (East) V2 Small Area (62.2%) had the lowest age-adjusted rates of people who reported having a primary care provider among all of the 99 Utah Small Areas.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2020, Utah (74.6%) had a similar age-adjusted rate of persons reporting a primary care provider when compared with the U.S. (75.3%), though the Utah rate was lower at a statistically significant rate 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), and Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP) to pay health care costs for low-income children and adults and those with disabilities.

Available Services

MEDICAID: In the Salt Lake City area, call (801) 538-6155[[br]] In Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, call toll-free (800) 662-9651[[br]] From other states, call (801) 538-6155[[br]] Medicaid Customer Service staff are available to take inquiries.[[br]] [[br]] CHIP: Children's Health Insurance Program (for children 0-18)[[br]] Call the Health Resource Line: (888) 222-2542 for information on CHIP.[[br]] Or visit the CHIP website at [http://chip.health.utah.gov/] [[br]]


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

Lack of a primary provider was more common among young adults, especially men aged 18 to 34 (only 50.3% reported having a personal doctor) in 2018.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Risk Factors

In 2018, males were significantly less likely than females to have a personal doctor or health care provider (68.2% and 79.0%, respectively, age-adjusted rates).

Health Status Outcomes

Persons who have a personal doctor or health care provider are more likely to have routine medical visits and health screenings, such as blood pressure and cancer screening exams. By identifying diseases early, they can be more effectively treated, and disease and disability averted.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

At Least One Primary Provider by Age and Sex, Utah, 2020

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Males vs. FemalesAge GroupPercentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 10
Male18-3448.6%45.5%51.7%
Male35-4965.3%62.0%68.5%
Male50-6481.5%78.4%84.3%
Male65+93.3%91.4%94.8%
Female18-3469.5%66.4%72.5%
Female35-4982.0%79.3%84.4%
Female50-6485.4%82.4%88.0%
Female65+94.6%93.1%95.9%

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


At Least One Primary Provider by Ethnicity, Utah, 2020

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Hispanic EthnicityAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 2
Hispanic66.0%62.3%69.5%
Non-Hispanic76.2%75.1%77.2%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


At Least One Primary Provider by Race, Utah, 2018-2020

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RaceAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 5
American Indian/Native Alaskan66.9%61.9%71.5%
Asian68.3%62.3%73.7%
Black69.0%62.8%74.6%
Pacific Islander66.2%57.6%73.8%
White75.7%75.1%76.3%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population based on 3 age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


At Least One Primary Provider by Local Health District, Utah, 2020

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Local Health DistrictAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 15
Bear River75.1%70.8%79.0%
Central75.6%69.5%80.8%
Davis County78.4%75.1%81.4%
Salt Lake County75.1%73.1%76.9%
San Juan59.9%45.8%72.5%
Southeast76.0%69.6%81.4%
Southwest72.1%67.9%75.9%
Summit70.7%61.8%78.2%
Tooele74.4%68.6%79.4%
TriCounty66.5%60.4%72.2%
Utah County76.6%74.2%78.7%
Wasatch71.0%61.6%78.9%
Weber-Morgan73.7%69.8%77.2%
State of Utah74.9%73.8%76.0%
U.S.75.3%75.0%75.7%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.

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


At Least One Primary Provider by Utah Small Area, 2018-2020

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Utah Small AreasAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 101
Brigham City79.0%72.4%84.4%
Box Elder Co (Other) V267.9%57.1%77.1%
Tremonton81.5%73.1%87.6%
Logan V275.3%70.7%79.3%
North Logan77.7%70.1%83.8%
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V282.0%76.1%86.6%
Hyrum81.8%70.0%89.6%
Smithfield81.9%73.0%88.4%
Ben Lomond69.7%65.1%74.0%
Weber County (East)78.1%72.2%83.0%
Morgan County67.4%55.4%77.4%
Ogden (Downtown)69.7%63.9%74.9%
South Ogden71.9%66.0%77.2%
Roy/Hooper74.6%69.3%79.2%
Riverdale79.7%72.9%85.2%
Clearfield Area/Hooper77.9%73.4%81.9%
Layton/South Weber74.7%70.6%78.4%
Kaysville/Fruit Heights83.8%78.8%87.8%
Syracuse83.4%77.3%88.1%
Centerville80.0%71.3%86.5%
Farmington79.5%70.8%86.1%
North Salt Lake77.4%69.0%84.1%
Woods Cross/West Bountiful76.7%66.7%84.3%
Bountiful80.4%75.4%84.6%
SLC (Rose Park)64.1%56.8%70.7%
SLC (Avenues)82.0%75.1%87.3%
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)77.4%68.4%84.4%
Magna73.4%66.2%79.5%
SLC (Glendale) V267.5%59.0%75.0%
West Valley (Center)75.9%70.2%80.8%
West Valley (West) V269.7%61.3%77.0%
West Valley (East) V262.2%56.1%67.9%
SLC (Downtown) V266.7%60.4%72.4%
SLC (Southeast Liberty)71.5%63.2%78.5%
South Salt Lake65.2%57.2%72.3%
SLC (Sugar House)71.0%64.9%76.4%
Millcreek (South)77.5%69.2%84.0%
Millcreek (East)82.0%74.5%87.7%
Holladay V275.6%68.1%81.8%
Cottonwood75.5%68.5%81.4%
Kearns V273.4%67.4%78.6%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)68.5%62.4%74.1%
Taylorsville (West)79.9%74.2%84.6%
Murray70.2%63.2%76.3%
Midvale70.1%64.0%75.5%
West Jordan (Northeast) V276.2%69.9%81.6%
West Jordan (Southeast)73.3%66.9%78.9%
West Jordan (W)/Copperton76.5%71.0%81.2%
South Jordan V278.1%72.3%83.0%
Daybreak79.4%71.1%85.8%
Sandy (West)71.5%63.9%78.0%
Sandy (Center) V275.8%68.7%81.7%
Sandy (Northeast)73.9%64.6%81.5%
Sandy (Southeast)79.9%72.7%85.6%
Draper77.8%71.0%83.4%
Riverton/Bluffdale80.7%75.8%84.8%
Herriman80.8%76.0%84.9%
Tooele County (Other)76.6%69.6%82.4%
Tooele Valley77.5%73.9%80.8%
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley73.2%66.5%79.0%
Lehi77.2%73.1%80.8%
Saratoga Springs73.7%66.8%79.6%
American Fork77.9%73.0%82.0%
Alpine83.4%71.6%91.0%*
Pleasant Grove/Lindon77.8%73.1%81.8%
Orem (North)67.6%61.6%73.1%
Orem (West)71.7%65.9%76.9%
Orem (East)78.6%71.2%84.6%
Provo/BYU77.9%72.7%82.4%
Provo (West City Center)73.0%66.5%78.6%
Provo (East City Center)69.3%62.1%75.8%
Salem City77.5%67.8%85.0%
Spanish Fork73.6%68.5%78.1%
Springville77.5%71.2%82.8%
Mapleton78.2%66.7%86.5%
Utah County (South) V273.7%65.2%80.7%
Payson72.3%65.9%77.9%
Park City69.6%62.4%75.9%
Summit County (East)71.5%63.9%78.0%
Wasatch County74.2%69.1%78.7%
Daggett and Uintah County73.1%68.9%76.9%
Duchesne County71.8%66.9%76.2%
Nephi/Mona81.6%71.8%88.6%*
Delta/Fillmore81.7%72.5%88.4%
Sanpete Valley79.9%74.3%84.6%
Central (Other)75.0%69.3%80.0%
Richfield/Monroe/Salina82.0%75.7%86.9%
Carbon County77.9%72.0%82.8%
Emery County77.4%69.9%83.4%
Grand County65.3%55.5%74.0%
Blanding/Monticello75.0%67.3%81.5%
San Juan County (Other)53.9%40.9%66.4%
St. George73.4%69.2%77.2%
Washington Co (Other) V260.5%49.8%70.3%
Washington City75.4%68.1%81.5%
Hurricane/La Verkin72.4%63.6%79.7%
Ivins/Santa Clara71.5%60.3%80.6%
Cedar City70.5%65.1%75.4%
Southwest LHD (Other)67.6%61.0%73.6%
State of Utah74.5%73.8%75.1%
U.S.75.4%75.1%75.7%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population. A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/resource/Guidelines.html].

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


At Least One Primary Provider, Utah and U.S., 2007-2020

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BRFSS Utah vs. U.S.YearAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 30
UT Old Methodology200779.2%77.7%80.7%
UT Old Methodology200878.1%76.5%79.5%
UT Old Methodology200978.1%76.9%79.2%
UT Old Methodology201079.2%78.0%80.3%
US Old Methodology200779.5%79.2%79.8%
US Old Methodology200880.1%79.8%80.4%
US Old Methodology200980.3%80.0%80.6%
US Old Methodology201080.5%80.2%80.8%
UT New Methodology200975.1%74.0%76.2%
UT New Methodology201075.3%74.2%76.2%
UT New Methodology201174.6%73.6%75.6%
UT New Methodology201275.6%74.5%76.6%
UT New Methodology201373.4%72.4%74.4%
UT New Methodology201472.4%71.5%73.3%
UT New Methodology201575.1%74.1%76.1%
UT New Methodology201673.8%72.7%75.0%
UT New Methodology201772.2%71.0%73.2%
UT New Methodology201873.5%72.5%74.6%
UT New Methodology201973.7%72.7%74.7%
UT New Methodology202074.6%73.5%75.7%
US New Methodology201177.9%77.7%78.2%
US New Methodology201276.8%76.5%77.0%
US New Methodology201375.1%74.8%75.4%
US New Methodology201475.9%75.6%76.2%
US New Methodology201577.2%71.9%82.5%
US New Methodology201676.9%76.6%77.1%
US New Methodology201776.1%75.8%76.4%
US New Methodology201875.7%75.4%76.0%
US New Methodology201975.1%74.8%75.4%
US New Methodology202075.3%75.0%75.7%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the 2000 standard population. Starting in 2009, the BRFSS included both landline and cell phone respondent interviews along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. More details about these changes can be found at: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/resource/brfss/RakingImpact2011.pdf]. Note: At the time of this update, the BRFSS U.S. dataset did not include an age variable but did include five age categories up to age 80+ (vs. the typical weighting scheme that includes 85+). Comparisons with both weighting schemes were compared using Utah data, and the difference was about 1/100 of a percentage point.

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

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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