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On the Front Line: Primary Care Doctors’ Experiences in Eleven Countries. Findings from the Commonwealth Fund 2012 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians and Health Affairs article, Nov. 2012 Webinar: February 5, 2013 Cathy Schoen

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On the front line primary care doctors experiences in eleven countries

On the Front Line: Primary Care Doctors’ Experiences in Eleven Countries

Findings from the Commonwealth Fund 2012 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians and Health Affairs article, Nov. 2012

Webinar: February 5, 2013

Cathy Schoen

Senior Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund


Key findings
Key Findings

  • HIT: U.S. doctors use of health information technology up sharply, yet continues to lag leading countries

    • Swiss physicians least likely to use EMRs

  • Access: U.S. doctors report patients have difficulty paying for care, and that coverage restrictions poses a major time concern

    • Dutch and U.K. doctors have high rates of after-hours care

    • Swiss doctors report patients have easy access to specialized care

  • All countries struggle with communication and teamwork across health care systems

  • Wide country variation in doctors’ access to information on their performance

  • Findings point to importance of reforms to support primary care and teamwork, with information exchange

  • 2012 survey: 9,776 primary care physicians: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., and U.S.


Health spending per capita 2010 adjusted for differences in cost of living
Health Spending per Capita, 2010Adjusted for Differences in Cost of Living

Dollars

% GDP

* 2009.

Source: OECD Health Data 2012.


Doctors use of electronic medical records in their practice 2009 and 2012
Doctors’ Use of Electronic Medical Recordsin Their Practice, 2009 and 2012

Percent

Source: 2009 and 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Doctors w ith electronic medical records and multifunctional health it capacity
Doctors with Electronic Medical Records and Multifunctional Health IT Capacity

Percent

Note: Multifunctional health IT capacity—uses electronic medical record and at least two electronic functions: for order entry management, generating patient information, generating panel information, and routine clinical decision support.

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Doctor Can Electronically Exchange Patient Summaries and Test Results with Doctors Outside their Practice

Percent

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Doctors perception of patient access barriers
Doctors’ Perception of Patient Access Barriers

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Practice has arrangement for patients after hours care to see doctor or nurse
Practice Has Arrangement for Patients’ After-Hours Care to See Doctor or Nurse

Percent

* In Norway, respondents were asked whether there practice has arrangements or if there are regional arrangements.

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Almost all patients can get same or next day appointment
Almost All Patients Can Get Same- or Next-Day Appointment

Percent of doctors responding almost all patients (>80%) can get a same- or next-day appointment when one is requested

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Electronic access for patients
Electronic Access for Patients

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Practice uses nurse case managers or navigators for patients with serious chronic conditions
Practice Uses Nurse Case Managers or Navigators for Patients with Serious Chronic Conditions

Percent

Note: Question asked differently in France.

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Primary care doctors receipt of information from specialists
Primary Care Doctors’ Receipt of Information from Specialists

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


After SpecialistsHospital Discharge, Primary Care Doctor Receives Needed Information to Manage the Patient Within 48 Hours

Percent

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Practice routinely receives and reviews data on patient care
Practice Routinely Receives and Reviews Data Specialistson Patient Care

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Doctor routinely receives data comparing practice s clinical performance to other practices
Doctor Routinely Receives Data Comparing SpecialistsPractice’s Clinical Performance to Other Practices

Percent

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Insurance restrictions on medication or treatment for patients pose major time concerns for doctors
Insurance Restrictions on Medication or Treatment Specialistsfor Patients Pose Major Time Concerns for Doctors

Percent saying amount of time physician or staff spend getting patients needed medications or treatment because of coverage restrictions is a MAJOR PROBLEM

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Physician satisfaction with practicing medicine
Physician Satisfaction with Practicing Medicine Specialists

Percent

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Physician views of the health system system works well only minor changes needed
Physician Views of the Health System: Specialists“System Works Well, Only Minor Changes Needed”

Percent

Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.


Cross cutting themes and implications
Cross-Cutting Themes and Implications Specialists

  • National policies make a difference for primary care practices

    • Insurance design

    • Support for practice infrastructure and information feedback

  • Health IT is spreading, but differentially across countries

    • Information exchange and alerts slowest to spread

    • Feedback on performance is not yet routine in any country

    • Opportunities to learn within and across countries

  • Access varies widely: after hours, waits, and cost barriers

    • New technology and shared after-hour services enhance access

  • Gaps in communication across sites of care undermine care coordination and integration in all countries

  • Primary care workforce with expanded team-work, including nurses, key to a high performing health system


2012 international health policy survey description
2012 International Health Policy Survey: Description Specialists

  • Mail and phone survey of primary care physicians in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States

  • Final samples 9,776 in 11 countries

    • Australia (500), Canada (2,124), France (501), Germany (909), Netherlands (522), New Zealand (500), Norway (869), Sweden (1,314), Switzerland (1,025), United Kingdom (500), and United States (1,012)

  • Survey in the field March to July 2012 (through September in Sweden)

  • Conducted by Harris Interactive and country contractors

  • Results published in Health Affairs

    • C. Schoen, R. Osborn, D. Squires, et al. “A Survey of Primary Care Doctors in Ten Countries Shows Progress in Use of Health Information Technology, Less in Other Areas,” Nov. 15, 2012.


Acknowledgments and cofunders
Acknowledgments and SpecialistsCofunders

Canada: Health Council of Canada, Health Quality Ontario, Quebec Health Commission, Health Quality Council of Alberta, Canada Health Infoway

France: Haute Authorité de Santé (HAS), CaisseNationale de l’AssuranceMaladie des TravailleursSalariés (CNAMTS)

Germany: Federal Ministry of Health, German National Institute for Quality Measurement in Health Care

Netherlands: Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, Radboud University Nijmegen

Norway: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services

Sweden: Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

Switzerland: Federal Office of Public Health, Swiss Medical Association

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