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Doctors' consultations refers to contacts with an ambulatory care physician divided by the population. Contacts in out-patient wards should be included.

The number of contacts includes:

- visits/ consultations of patients at the physician’s office;
- physician’s visits made to a person in institutional settings such as liaison visits or discharge planning visits, made in a hospital or nursing home with the intent of planning for the future delivery of service at home;
- telephone contacts when these are in lieu of a first home or hospital visit for the purpose of preliminary assessment for care at home;
- visits made to the patient’s home.

The number of physician contacts according to the above definition is only a crude measure of the volume of services provided, as services are added regardless of their complexities. Several countries record only general practitioners, others include specialists.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2007: Statistics and Indicators for 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2007, Data sources, definitions and methods.

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, July 13, 2007