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Am J Health Promot. 2005 Sep-Oct;20(1):34-8.

The routine use of health risk appraisals: results from a national study of physician organizations.

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Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720-7360, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To document use of health risk appraisals (HRAs) by U.S. physician organizations as part of their overall approach to health promotion and to identify associated organizational characteristics.

METHODS:

Telephone survey of 1590 physician organizations in the United States; surveys were conducted in organizations comprising 20 or more physicians and were conducted between September 2000 and September 2001 (70% response rate). Chi-square tests and logistic regression analysis were used to examine the association between organizational characteristics and routine administration of HRAs.

RESULTS:

Only 22.5% of physician organizations in the United States routinely administer HRAs. External quality incentives, information technology capabilities, and status as a medical group vs. an independent practice association are associated with greater odds of the routine use of HRA.

DISCUSSION:

Increased use of external quality incentives and information technology in physician organizations may be important in supporting the use of HRAs.

PMID:
16171159
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