Patients’ experience of chronic illness care in a network of teaching settings


To evaluate chronic illness care delivery from the patient’s perspective and to examine its main correlates.

Cross-sectional, descriptive study using questionnaires and medical chart review.

Nine teaching family practices in Quebec.

A total of 364 patients with diabetes, hypertension, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Score on the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) questionnaire, which evaluates the patient’s perspective on the care received based on the chronic care model (CCM); patients characteristics (sex, level of education, number of chronic illnesses); patient-physician relationship (relational continuity, interpersonal communication assessed from the patient’s perspective); and interdisciplinary care and technical quality of care abstracted from patients’ medical charts.

The mean PACIC score obtained (2.8 out of 5) indicates that, on average, CCM-concordant care « generally did not occur » or occurred only « sometimes » in this network of teaching practices. However, with a mean technical quality-of-care score of nearly 80%, physicians in this network showed a high degree of adherence to clinical guidelines for the chronic illnesses under study. Patient education level lower than high school was negatively associated with PACIC scores, while positive associations were found with male sex, number of chronic illnesses, relational continuity, interpersonal communication, interdisciplinary care, and technical quality of care.

Patients with less education reported receiving less CCM-concordant care. The patient-physician relationship was the strongest correlate of PACIC scores, while interdisciplinary care and technical quality of care had modest contributions.

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