UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Primary care physician volume and quality of care for older adults with dementia: a retrospective cohort study Lane, Natasha E.; Ling, Vicki; Glazier, Richard H.; Stukel, Thérèse A.


Background: Some jurisdictions restrict primary care physicians’ daily patient volume to safeguard quality of care for complex patients. Our objective was to determine whether people with dementia receive lower-quality care if their primary care physician sees many patients daily. Methods: Population-based retrospective cohort study using health administrative data from 100,256 community-living adults with dementia aged 66 years or older, and the 8,368 primary care physicians who cared for them in Ontario, Canada. Multivariable Poisson GEE regression models tested whether physicians’ daily patient volume was associated with the adjusted likelihood of people with dementia receiving vaccinations, prescriptions for cholinesterase inhibitors, benzodiazepines, and antipsychotics from their primary care physician. Results: People with dementia whose primary care physicians saw ≥ 30 patients daily were 32% (95% CI: 23% to 41%, p 

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