A telephone needs assessment for potential high utilizers.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We conducted a telephone needs assessment of patients at risk for high utilization of health services to determine the type of intervention that might be most responsive to their needs. METHODS: Family practice patients who were classified as at high risk based on self-reported health-related quality of life (HRQOL), age, and gender received a structured telephone interview to ask about their health problems, difficulties with their health care, and types of help programs that might be useful to them. RESULTS: Of 867 adult patients randomly selected as eligible for the study, 352 completed the Duke Health Profile to measure HRQOL, 122 were classified at risk for high utilization, and 104 were interviewed by telephone. Patient-reported health problems were similar to provider-reported problems. High-risk patients reported difficulties receiving help from the clinic on issues of communication and logistics (43.9%), limitations of clinic facilities and services (26.3%), and financial concerns (26.3%). Of the highest risk patients, 45.8% expressed willingness to participate in help programs conducted over the telephone. CONCLUSIONS: Many high-risk patients might benefit from participation in a telephone intervention program. A future study is needed to measure the effectiveness of such a program to improve utilization of health services.
Parkerson, GR; Bell, HS; Albright, JB; Krause, K
Volume / Issue
Start / End Page
Pubmed Central ID
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)