Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Am Board Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun;26(3):239-40. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2013.03.130094.

Cold-spotting: linking primary care and public health to create communities of solution.

Author information

Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.


By providing enhanced primary care and social services to patients with high utilization of expensive emergency and hospital care, there is evidence that their health can improve and their costs can be lowered. This type of "hot-spotting" improves the care of individual patients. It may be that these patients live in communities with disintegrated social determinants of health, little community support, and poor access to primary care. These "cold spots" in the community may be amenable to interventions targeted at linking primary care and public health at broader community and population levels. Building local communities of solution that address the individual and population may help decrease these cold spots, thereby eliminating the hot spots as well.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Support Center