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Stressors Facing Home-Based Primary Care Providers

Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Geriatrics 2019, 4(1), 17;
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 24 January 2019 / Accepted: 24 January 2019 / Published: 28 January 2019
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The numbers of homebound patients in the United States are increasing. Home-based primary care (HBPC) is an effective model of interdisciplinary care that has been shown to have high patient satisfaction rates and excellent clinical outcomes. However, there are few clinicians that practice HBPC and clinicians that do face additional stressors. This study sought to better understand the stressors that HBPC providers face in caring for homebound patients. This was a cross-sectional qualitative survey and analysis of HBPC providers. Responses were categorized into four themes: The patient in the home setting, caregiver support, logistics, and administrative concerns. This research is the first to analyze the stressors that providers of HBPC face in serving the needs of complex homebound patients. Awareness and attention to these issues will be important for the future sustainability of home-based primary care. View Full-Text
Keywords: home-based primary care; home care medicine; homebound home-based primary care; home care medicine; homebound
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O’Brien, K.; Bradley, S.; Ramirez-Zohfeld, V.; Lindquist, L. Stressors Facing Home-Based Primary Care Providers. Geriatrics 2019, 4, 17.

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