Evaluation of changes in primary health care availability and provision from the patient perspective.

Journal of evaluation in clinical practice

PubMedID: 9456429

Jones D, West R, Lester C. Evaluation of changes in primary health care availability and provision from the patient perspective. J Eval Clin Pract. 1997;3(4):295-301.
This study was designed to investigate changes in primary care following recent NHS reforms. The study was carried out by home interview of random samples of people aged 65 years and over in three district health authorities; 1500 in 1990 and 1500 in 1992, before and after the introduction of the reforms. The response rate was 94% (1413 in 1990 and 1405 in 1992). Few patients (6%) changed their general practitioner (GP) in 1990 or 1992. There was an increase in the provision of written practice information in 1992, but more than 60% of patients could not recall receiving leaflets. More practices included practice nurses and appointments systems and fewer used rotas of local practices or deputizing services for 'out of hours' calls. In 1992 more patients aged 75 years and over saw their GP within the previous year and significantly more were assessed for vision, hearing, continence, foot problems and blood pressure and had their urine tested, but most of these health assessments, except blood pressure (64%), were recalled by few patients. There have been small changes in the provision and use of primary health care by older people since the introduction of the new GP contract.