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International variations in primary care physician consultation time: a systematic review of 67 countries

Overview of attention for article published in BMJ Open, November 2017
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  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#10 of 12,560)
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443 tweeters
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11 Facebook pages
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Title
International variations in primary care physician consultation time: a systematic review of 67 countries
Published in
BMJ Open, November 2017
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017902
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Authors

Greg Irving, Ana Luisa Neves, Hajira Dambha-Miller, Ai Oishi, Hiroko Tagashira, Anistasiya Verho, John Holden

Abstract

To describe the average primary care physician consultation length in economically developed and low-income/middle-income countries, and to examine the relationship between consultation length and organisational-level economic, and health outcomes. This is a systematic review of published and grey literature in English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian languages from 1946 to 2016, for articles reporting on primary care physician consultation lengths. Data were extracted and analysed for quality, and linear regression models were constructed to examine the relationship between consultation length and health service outcomes. One hundred and seventy nine studies were identified from 111 publications covering 28 570 712 consultations in 67 countries. Average consultation length differed across the world, ranging from 48 s in Bangladesh to 22.5 min in Sweden. We found that 18 countries representing about 50% of the global population spend 5 min or less with their primary care physicians. We also found significant associations between consultation length and healthcare spending per capita, admissions to hospital with ambulatory sensitive conditions such as diabetes, primary care physician density, physician efficiency and physician satisfaction. There are international variations in consultation length, and it is concerning that a large proportion of the global population have only a few minutes with their primary care physicians. Such a short consultation length is likely to adversely affect patient healthcare and physician workload and stress.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 279 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 49 18%
Unspecified 47 17%
Researcher 36 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 30 11%
Student > Postgraduate 29 10%
Other 88 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 120 43%
Unspecified 61 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 25 9%
Social Sciences 12 4%
Business, Management and Accounting 10 4%
Other 51 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1127. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 November 2019.
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#3,245
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#10
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#152
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#2
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