Journal article

Changing circumstances drive changing attendance: A longitudinal cohort study of time varying predictors of frequent attendance in primary health care

Carly Pymont, Peter Butterworth

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate risk factors for frequent attendance in primary care over time, contrasting models based on baseline and time-varying characteristics. METHODS: Analysis of data from the Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project: a representative community cohort study from the Canberra region of Australia. A balanced sample of 1734 respondents, initially aged in their early 40s, were assessed on three occasions over 8 years. The survey assessed respondents' experience of chronic physical conditions, self-reported health, depression symptoms, personality, life events, socio-demographic characteristics and self-reported medication use. Survey data were linked to respon..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by ARC


Funding Acknowledgements

Thank you to the study participants, PATH Interviewers, Karen Maxwell and Trish Jacomb; and to the other PATH Chief Investigators: Kaarin Anstey, Helen Christensen, Anthony Jorm, Bryan Rodgers, Andrew Mackinnon, Simon Easteal and Nicolas Cherbuin. The PATH Through Life Study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council Grants 973302, 179805 and 418039. Peter Butterworth is funded by ARC Future Fellowship FT13101444.