Journal Article Patient Costs as a Barrier to Intensive Health Behavior Counseling
Alex H. Krist, Steven H. Woolf, Robert E. Johnson, Stephen F. Rothemich, Diane B. Wilson, Kelly J. Devers, Additional Authors
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This American Journal of Preventive Medicine article presents findings from a mixed-methods case study that examined how coverage affected utilization of intensive health behavior counseling. The study found that when counseling designed to help patients lose weight and quit smoking was available for free, approximately one in five patients with an unhealthy behavior was referred for such counseling. However, when patient charges were instituted, clinicians asked fewer patients about health behaviors (37% vs. 29%, p
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance Health care delivery and payment Health equity Hospitals and physicians Private insurance Health care systems and managed care plans Community-based care Public health
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