A new study shows that more than 80 percent of Community Health Center patients report that receiving high quality health care. Patient responses in the study, published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, showed that 84 percent of patients reported excellent/very good overall quality of services, 81 percent reported excellent/very good quality of clinician care, and 84 percent were very likely to refer friends and relatives.
Also, patient-centered medical home (PCMH) features related to access to care and communication were tied with a greater likelihood that patients would report high-quality care overall. PCMH is a model of care that provides comprehensive, coordinated, and patient-centered health care. You can read more about PCMH on the NACHC website here.
The study, Effects of Patient-Centered Medical Home Attributes on Patients’ Perceptions of Quality in Federally Supported Health Centers, is the first national study to examine how patients viewed PCMH attributes in a safety net setting. Researchers focused on data from the 2009 Health Center Patient Survey and the PCMH principles of:
- Access to care getting to health center
- Access to care during visit
- Patient-centered communication with health care clinicians
- Patient-centered communication with support staff
- Self-management support of chronic conditions
- Self –management support for behavioral risks
- Comprehensive preventative care
According to an article in Medscape Medical News by Marcia Frellick, “the high satisfaction ratings are notable, according to the researchers, given that low-income and uninsured patients across the United States generally rate their care much lower. For example, in the Commonwealth Fund’s 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, only 35% of low-income adults and 27% of uninsured adults reported excellent or very good quality of care.”