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Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider by Year, New Jersey and the United States, 2011 to 2021

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Why Is This Important?

As each new health care need arises, an individual's first point of contact with the health care system is typically his or her personal doctor. In most cases a personal doctor can effectively and efficiently manage a patient's medical care because they understand that person's medical history and social background. Having a regular source of health care is also an indicator of overall access to care.

Definition

Percentage of adults who reported having one or more persons they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.

Data Notes

No data were collected in 2019.

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of adults who reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
  • Denominator:

    Total number of adults interviewed during the same survey period.

Data Issues

Data from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey are intended to be representative of all non-institutionalized adult residents of New Jersey. Due to resource issues, however, adults with limited personal access to phone service or limited command of either English or Spanish are not represented. As with all surveys, also, some error results from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions), and faulty measurement (e.g., responses affected by social desirability or recall error). Data collection procedures intended to minimize such errors include the use of strict calling protocols, good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision. Statistical weighting procedures are also used to minimize the potential impact of disproportionate representation of demographic subgroups defined in terms of age, sex, race, ethnicity, education level, marital status, home ownership, and county of residence. (See also [[a href="query/BRFSSQueryTechNotes.html" Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Description and Technical Notes]].)

Related Health Objectives and Indicators




Health Care System Factors

Note: [[a href="query/builder/njbrfs/PriProvider/PriProviderCrude11_.html" Custom data views]] of self-reported access to a personal doctor or health care provider among New Jersey adults by selected '''sociodemographic and other characteristics''' (including '''health insurance status''') can be generated using the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey interactive query module.

Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:

Risk Factors

Note: [[a href="query/builder/njbrfs/PriProvider/PriProviderCrude11_.html" Custom data views]] of self-reported access to a personal doctor or health care provider among New Jersey adults by selected '''sociodemographic and other characteristics''' can be generated using the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey interactive query module.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:

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Indicator Data Last Updated On 03/13/2024, Published on 06/12/2024
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, e-mail: chs@doh.nj.gov (https://www.nj.gov/health/chs)