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Physician Exec. 1995 Jun;21(6):25-9.

A survey of marketing practices by family practice residency programs.

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Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.


The purpose of the study reported in this article was to identify marketing practices that are being utilized by family practice residencies in the United States and to differentiate which strategies were felt to be most useful. A survey questionnaire on marketing strategies was mailed to 361 civilian family practice residencies listed in the 1992 Director of Family Practice Residency Programs. A total of 151 questionnaires were returned for a total response rate of 42.1 percent. The results were summarized using descriptive statistics and Chi-square analysis. Family practice residency programs use a number of different strategies to attract patients. The effectiveness of a given program is dependent on local factors, program strengths and the target population desired. The three most useful marketing strategies reported in the survey were HMO listings, emergency department referrals, and patient referrals. The three least effective strategies were health fairs, sports physicals, and school presentations.

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