How Are Patients Accessing Primary Care Within the Patient-Centered Medical Home? Results From the Veterans Health Administration

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The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) expands access by providing care same-day, by phone, and after hours; however, little is known about which patients seek these services. We examined the association of patient, clinical, and local economic characteristics with the self-reported use of 5 routine and nonroutine ways to access primary care within the Veterans Health Administration. We identified sets of characteristics, including gender- and age-specific, racial and ethnic, and socioeconomic differences of how veterans report seeking primary care. As the PCMH model develops, it will be important to further understand the differential demand for these services to optimize patient-centered access.

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