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Titolo:
A healthy disposition? The use and limitations of the characteristics approach to general practice research
Autore:
Baines, DL;
Indirizzi:
MedM Ltd, Milton Keynes MK6 3LQ, Bucks, England MedM Ltd Milton Keynes Bucks England MK6 3LQ ynes MK6 3LQ, Bucks, England
Titolo Testata:
BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE
fascicolo: 470, volume: 51, anno: 2001,
pagine: 749 - 752
SICI:
0960-1643(200109)51:470<749:AHDTUA>2.0.ZU;2-J
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
NON-TRAINING PRACTICES; PRESCRIBING COSTS; DISPENSING PRACTICES;
Keywords:
health services research; research techniques;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
25
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Baines, DL MedM Ltd, Endon House,98 Stamford Ave,Springfield, Milton Keynes MK6 3LQ, Bucks, England MedM Ltd Endon House,98 Stamford Ave,Springfield Milton Keynes Bucks England MK6 3LQ
Citazione:
D.L. Baines, "A healthy disposition? The use and limitations of the characteristics approach to general practice research", BR J GEN PR, 51(470), 2001, pp. 749-752

Abstract

A range ef easily identifiable characteristics is often used by researchers and general practitioners to categorise primary care practices in the United Kingdom, for example, practices can be defined as dispensing, single-handed or training. The availability of routinely collected data has led to agrowing research literature that links practice characteristics to their workload, performance and costs. This paper examines the use and limitationsof this 'characteristics approach' and argues that this type of research is often undertaken because it is easy to per form rather than because it isthe most appropriate way to study primary care. Using this approach may lead to failure to do the following account for the environmental factors that determine the effects particular characteristics manifest; to identify the true relationships between the observed characteristics; to control for changes in the effects of characteristics over time, to differentiate between the behaviour ef individual members of a groupwith the same characteristic and that of the group as a whole; to assign the correct causality to relationships between practice characteristics, workloads performance, and costs. The characteristics approach should he used with great caution by general practice researchers.

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