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Med Care Res Rev. 2012 Dec;69(6):619-44. doi: 10.1177/1077558712447688. Epub 2012 May 29.

The patient-centered medical home: a review of recent research.

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  • 1University at Albany, School of Public Health, GEC Building, 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA. thoff@albany.edu

Abstract

The patient-centered medical home is an important innovation in health care delivery. There is a need to assess the scope and substance of published research on medical homes. This article reviews published evaluations of medical home care for the period 2007 to 2010. Chief findings from these evaluations as a whole include associations between the provision of medical home care and improved quality, in addition to decreased utilization associated with medical home care in high-cost areas such as emergency department use. However, fewer associations were found across evaluations between medical home care and enhanced patient or family experiences. The early medical home research appears to reflect both the wide variation in how medical homes are being designed and implemented in practice and in how researchers are choosing to evaluate patient-centered medical home design and implementation. While some aspects of medical home care show promise, continued evolution of medical home evaluative research is needed.

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