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BMC Fam Pract. 2004 Mar 1;5:2.

Family physician views about primary care reform in Ontario: a postal questionnaire.

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Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. hunter@post.queensu.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Primary care reform initiatives in Ontario are proceeding with little information about the views of practicing family physicians.

METHODS:

A postal questionnaire was sent to 1200 randomly selected family physicians in Ontario five months after the initial invitation to join the Ontario Family Health Network. It sought information about their practice characteristics, their intention to participate in the Network and their views about the organization and financing of primary care.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 50.3%. While many family physicians recognize the need for change in the delivery of primary care, the majority (72%) did not expect to join the Ontario Family Health Network by 2004, or by some later date (60%). Nor did they favour capitation or rostering, 2 key elements of the proposed reforms. Physicians who favour capitation were 5.5 times more likely to report that they expected to join the Network by 2004, although these practices comprise 5% of the sample.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of this survey, conducted five months after the initial offering of primary care reform agreements to all Ontario physicians, suggest that an 80% enrollment target is unrealistic.

PMID:
15070426
PMCID:
PMC385231
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2296-5-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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