International Journal of Family Medicine / 2015 / Article / Tab 9

Research Article

Does the Primary Care Experience Influence the Cancer Diagnostic Process?

Table 9

Composition of indices of experience of care at the usual source of primary care (Appendix B).

Experience of care dimensionQuestions/statementsScale

AccessibilityIn this place, if your doctor (the one who looks after your care) is not available, you can see another doctor.Always, often, sometimes, never
When you need to see a doctor at this place, in general, how long do you have to wait to see that doctor by appointment?Less than 2 weeks, 2 to 4 weeks, 1 to 3 months, 4 months or more
When you need care quickly or urgently, how long does it take for you to be able to see a doctor at this place?Less than 24 hours, 1 to 2 days, 3 to 4 days, 5 days or more

ContinuityHow long have you been going to this place? Less than 2 years, 2 to 5 years, 6 to 9 years, 10 years or more
When you go to this place, you see the same physician.Always, often, sometimes, never
In this place, …
 they know your medical historyVery much, moderately, somewhat, not at all
 they know all the prescription medicines you are taking
 you can be followed for a chronic condition

ComprehensivenessIn this place, …
 they look after all your health problems, whether
 physical or psychological
Very much, moderately, somewhat, not at all
 when you go for a visit, the doctor takes the time to talk
 about prevention and asks about your lifestyle habits
 they help you to get all the health services you need
 they take into account your opinion and your wishes
 regarding the services they offer
 they help you to evaluate the pros and cons when you
 need to take a decision concerning your health