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dc.titleRight-Site Care Programme with a community-based family medicine clinic in Singapore: Secondary data analysis of its impact on mortality and healthcare utilisation
dc.contributor.authorAng, I.Y.H.
dc.contributor.authorNg, S.H.-X.
dc.contributor.authorRahman, N.
dc.contributor.authorNurjono, M.
dc.contributor.authorTham, T.Y.
dc.contributor.authorToh, S.-A.
dc.contributor.authorWee, H.L.
dc.identifier.citationAng, I.Y.H., Ng, S.H.-X., Rahman, N., Nurjono, M., Tham, T.Y., Toh, S.-A., Wee, H.L. (2019). Right-Site Care Programme with a community-based family medicine clinic in Singapore: Secondary data analysis of its impact on mortality and healthcare utilisation. BMJ Open 9 (12) : e030718. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractObjective: Stable patients with chronic conditions could be appropriately cared for at family medicine clinics (FMC) and discharged from hospital specialist outpatient clinics (SOCs). The Right-Site Care Programme with Frontier FMC emphasised care organised around patients in community rather than hospital-based providers, with one identifiable primary provider. This study evaluated impact of this programme on mortality and healthcare utilisation. Design: A retrospective study without randomisation using secondary data analysis of patients enrolled in the intervention matched 1:1 with unenrolled patients as controls. Setting: Programme was supported by the Ministry of Health in Singapore, a city-state nation in Southeast Asia with 5.6 million population. Participants: Intervention group comprises patients enrolled from January to December 2014 (n=684) and control patients (n=684) with at least one SOC and no FMC attendance during same period. Interventions: Family physician in Frontier FMC managed patients in consultation with relevant specialist physicians or fully managed patients independently. Care teams in SOCs and FMC used a common electronic medical records system to facilitate care coordination and conducted regular multidisciplinary case conferences. Primary outcome measures: Deidentified linked healthcare administrative data for time period of January 2011 to December 2017 were extracted. Three-year postenrolment mortality rates and utilisation frequencies and charges for SOC, public primary care centres (polyclinic), emergency department attendances and emergency, non-day surgery inpatient and all-cause admissions were compared. Results: Intervention patients had lower mortality rate (HR=0.37, p<0.01). Among those with potential of postenrolment polyclinic attendance, intervention patients had lower frequencies (incidence rate ratio (IRR)=0.60, p<0.01) and charges (mean ratio (MR)=0.51, p<0.01). Among those with potential of postenrolment SOC attendance, intervention patients had higher frequencies (IRR=2.06, p<0.01) and charges (MR=1.86, p<0.01). Conclusions: Intervention patients had better survival, probably because their chronic conditions were better managed with close monitoring, contributing to higher total outpatient attendance frequencies and charges. © 2019 Author(s).
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Group
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.sourceScopus OA2019
dc.subjectcommunity care
dc.subjectfamily medicine
dc.subjectlength of stay
dc.subjecttransfer of specialist care
dc.contributor.departmentDEAN'S OFFICE (SSH SCH OF PUBLIC HEALTH)
dc.contributor.departmentSAW SWEE HOCK SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
dc.contributor.departmentDEPT OF MEDICINE
dc.description.sourcetitleBMJ Open
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