Table 1

Results of items measuring continuity of care
Personal continuity in general practice 0 1 2 3 4 or more
1. How many different care providers have you seen in general 161 (53.1%) 76 (25.1%) 42 (13.9%) 19 (6.3%) 5 (1.7%)
practice in the last year for your heart disease? (n = 303)
2. Total number of contacts with general practice in last year 10 (4.1%) 9 (3.7%) 14 (5.7%) 16 (6.5%) 196 (80.0%)
(according to medical record) (n = 245)
Team continuity in general practice Never Seldom Sometimes Often Always
1. The treatment of my heart disease in general practice 25 (10.0%) 9 (3.6%) 19 (7.6%) 43 (17.3%) 153 (61.4%)
goes smoothly (n = 249)
2. The care of the different care providers in general practice 21 (8.2%) 11 (4.3%) 18 (7.1%) 63 (24.7%) 142 (55.7%)
for my heart disease is connected (n = 255)
3. The care providers in general practice often give me 129 (49.8%) 79 (30.5%) 29 (11.2%) 8 (3.1%) 14 (5.4%)
contradictory advice about my heart disease (n = 259)
4. The care providers in general practice involved in the care 21 (8.2%) 7 (2.7%) 24 (9.3%) 64 (24.9%) 141 (54.9%)
for my heart disease communicate well with each other (n = 257)
5. The care providers in general practice involved in the care 12 (4.7%) 11 (4.3%) 31 (12.2%) 54 (21.2%) 147 (57.6%)
for my heart disease have knowledge of my medical record (n = 255)
6. The care providers in general practice involved in the care 20 (7.9%) 12 (4.7%) 27 (10.7%) 50 (19.8%) 144 (56.9%)
for my heart disease have knowledge of previous visits (n = 253)
Cross-boundary continuity Never Seldom Sometimes Often Always
1. The care of the GP and the cardiologist is connected (n = 191) 9 (4.7%) 12 (6.3%) 11 (5.8%) 38 (19.9%) 121 (63.4%)
2. The GP and the cardiologist often give me contradictory 110 (56.4%) 48 (24.6%) 22 (11.3%) 9 (4.6%) 6 (3.1%)
advice about my heart disease (n = 195)
3. The GP and the cardiologist transfer information about 9 (4.6%) 11 (5.6%) 14 (7.2%) 37 (19.0%) 124 (63.6%)
my heart disease well between each other (n = 195)
4. The GP and the cardiologist communicate well (n = 190) 12 (6.3%) 12 (6.3%) 17 (8.9%) 40 (21.1%) 109 (57.4%)

GP: General practitioner; Items are measured using a patient questionnaire unless otherwise indicated.

Uijen et al.

Uijen et al. BMC Family Practice 2012 13:86   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-86

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