+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

A practical tool for community-oriented primary care community diagnosis using a personal computer

A practical tool for community-oriented primary care community diagnosis using a personal computer

Family Medicine 27(1): 39-43

Community-oriented primary care (COPC) is considered an attractive concept by many but has had limited implementation due to a lack of practical methodology. An important step in COPC is assessment of a community's health status, using health indicators as one means of assessment. Currently, there is no easy way to combine these indicators and examine their distribution over a community. This study analyzed a process for doing that by using a personal computer. For the community studied, all available community-based health indicators were identified. A process for combining these indicators, using commonly available database and spreadsheet software, was developed and analyzed for cost, clinical utility, and problems encountered. Problems were encountered with collecting and combining some data, but a clinically useful tool was produced. Costs, including purchase of all software (with mapping software), were $1,500-$2,000. With efforts to reduce the initial costs, this is a practical and clinically useful tool for viewing the geographic distribution of community health indicators. Such practical methodology is essential for COPC development.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 1 workday: $29.90)

Accession: 042099494

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 7720950

Related references

Practical tools for qualitative community-oriented primary care community assessment. Family Medicine 31(7): 488-494, 1999

Practical applications of demography in community-oriented primary care. Community oriented primary care: from principle to practice edited by Paul A Nutting: 08, 1987

Teaching community-oriented primary care (COPC): a practical approach. Journal of Community Health 11(3): 165-171, 1986

A key informant "tree" as a tool for community oriented primary care. The Cleveland COPC Group. Family Practice Research Journal 14(3): 273-280, 1994

Community-oriented primary care: a multidisciplinary community-oriented approach to primary care?. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology 11(1): 11-18, 2001

Community-oriented primary care in a rural community: the Hamptom County project. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association 88(10): 489-492, 1992

Hypertension control in a rural community. An assessment of community-oriented primary care. Journal of Family Practice 30(4): 420-424, 1990

Tools for community-oriented primary care: a process for linking practice and community data. Journal of the American Board of Family Practice 11(1): 28-33, 1998

Community-oriented primary care: an often overlooked option for community pediatrics practice and training. Pediatric Annals 39(2): 100-105, 2010

Geographic retrofitting: a method of community definition in community-oriented primary care practices. Family Medicine 36(6): 440-446, 2004

Selection of key community descriptors for community-oriented primary care. Family Practice 13(3): 280-287, 1996

Community-oriented primary care: a path to community development. American Journal of Public Health 92(11): 1713-1716, 2002

Patients and community together. A family medicine community-oriented primary care project in an urban private practice. Archives of Family Medicine 8(6): 546-549, 1999

Pursuing community-oriented primary care in a Russian closed nuclear city: the Sarov-Los Alamos community health partnership. American Journal of Public Health 92(11): 1740-1742, 2002

Self-directed community health assessment projects in a required family medicine clerkship: an effective way to teach community-oriented primary care. Family Medicine 41(10): 701-707, 2010