[List size and quality of care among GPs within The Regular General Practitioner Scheme]

Lidal IB, Håvelsrud K, Mathisen M, Vist GE.
Record ID 32014001245
Authors' recommendations: We searched systematically for: • Systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, controlled studies and interrupted time series that examine the effect of GPs' list size on quality parameters (primary objective) • Studies that have assessed GPs' list size in relation to various quality dimensions of services provided by GPs (cross-sectional studies) Main results There is an evidence gap regarding the effects of GPs' list size on health care quality parameters. We can not conclude whether short or long lists result in differences in the quality of services provided by primary care physicians. We have found 91 studies that, although they did not evaluate effect, examined the association between GPs' list size and the quality of the services provided. Among these are sixteen Norwegian registry- and cross-sectional studies. We have presented the studies, including their results, and elucidated that the studies are varied as regards aims, methods used and study settings. It is difficult to use registry- and cross-sectional studies as basis for answering questions on associations. The results of the included studies showed a large variation, thus we are uncertain about a possible association between list size and the quality of primary care physician services. None of the studies examined what the optimal list size would be in relation to quality of primary care physician services.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2012
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Norway
MeSH Terms
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
Organisation Name: Norwegian Institute of Public Health
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Contact Email: Berit.Morland@nokc.no, dagny.fredheim@nokc.no
Copyright: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (NOKC)
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