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Abstract

ROSA FILHO, Luiz Artur; FASSA, Anaclaudia Gastal  and  PANIZ, Vera Maria Vieira. Factors associated with interpersonal continuity of care: a population-based study. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.4, pp. 915-925. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2008000400023.

This study focused on the prevalence of interpersonal continuity of care and its determinants. A cross-sectional population-based study was conducted with 3,133 individuals 20 years or older in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. Multivariate analysis used Poisson regression, with the first level representing socioeconomic and demographic variables and the proximal level including health care and health needs variables. Prevalence of interpersonal continuity of care was 43.7% (95%CI: 42.0-45.5). Female gender, higher age, higher income, consultation during the previous year, report of chronic disease, and consultation outside the public health system showed higher interpersonal continuity of care. Among individuals that consulted in public primary health care services, female gender, age, and the Family Health Program were associated with interpersonal continuity of care. Some vulnerable groups (low-income and users of the public health system) showed low prevalence of the outcome.

Keywords : Continuity of Patient Care; Primary Health Care; Physician-Patient Relation.

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