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

R. L. Williams, Sue Flocke, S. J. Zyzanski, T. M. Mettee, K. B. Martin

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Background and Objectives: 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. Methods: 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. Results: 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. Conclusions: 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalFamily medicine
Volume27
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Williams, R. L., Flocke, S., Zyzanski, S. J., Mettee, T. M., & Martin, K. B. (1995). A practical tool for community-oriented primary care community diagnosis using a personal computer. Family medicine, 27(1), 39-43.

A practical tool for community-oriented primary care community diagnosis using a personal computer. / Williams, R. L.; Flocke, Sue; Zyzanski, S. J.; Mettee, T. M.; Martin, K. B.

In: Family medicine, Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.01.1995, p. 39-43.

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Williams, RL, Flocke, S, Zyzanski, SJ, Mettee, TM & Martin, KB 1995, 'A practical tool for community-oriented primary care community diagnosis using a personal computer', Family medicine, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 39-43.
Williams, R. L. ; Flocke, Sue ; Zyzanski, S. J. ; Mettee, T. M. ; Martin, K. B. / A practical tool for community-oriented primary care community diagnosis using a personal computer. In: Family medicine. 1995 ; Vol. 27, No. 1. pp. 39-43.
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