Ateev Mehrotra, MD; Hangsheng Liu, PhD; John L. Adams, PhD; Margaret C. Wang, PhD; Judith R. Lave, PhD; N. Marcus Thygeson, MD; Leif I. Solberg, MD; Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD
Grant Support: By the California Health Care Foundation and a career development award (KL2-RR024154-03) from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Reproducible Research Statement:Study protocol and statistical code: Available from Dr. Mehrotra (firstname.lastname@example.org). Data set: Available through written agreements with the authors and HealthPartners.
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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Mehrotra: Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 230 McKee Place, Suite 600, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Dr. Liu: RAND, 4570 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2665.
Drs. Adams, Wang, and McGlynn: RAND, 1776 Main Street, Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407.
Dr. Lave: A614 Crabtree Hall, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261.
Dr. Thygeson: HealthPartners, 8170 33rd Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425.
Dr. Solberg: HealthPartners Research Foundation, Box 1524, MS 21111R, Minneapolis, MN 55440.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: A. Mehrotra, J.R. Lave, N.M. Thygeson, L.I. Solberg, E.A. McGlynn.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: A. Mehrotra, H. Liu, M.C. Wang, J.R. Lave, N.M. Thygeson, L.I. Solberg, E.A. McGlynn.
Drafting of the article: A. Mehrotra.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: H. Liu, M.C. Wang, J.R. Lave, N.M. Thygeson, L.I. Solberg, E.A. McGlynn.
Final approval of the article: A. Mehrotra, H. Liu, J.R. Lave, L.I. Solberg, E.A. McGlynn.
Provision of study materials or patients: A. Mehrotra.
Statistical expertise: H. Liu, J.L. Adams.
Obtaining of funding: A. Mehrotra.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: L.I. Solberg.
Collection and assembly of data: A. Mehrotra, L.I. Solberg.
Mehrotra A, Liu H, Adams JL, Wang MC, Lave JR, Thygeson NM, et al. Comparing Costs and Quality of Care at Retail Clinics With That of Other Medical Settings for 3 Common Illnesses. Ann Intern Med. 2009;151:321-328. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-151-5-200909010-00006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2009;151(5):321-328.
Retail clinics provide a new model of urgent care. Located in retail stores, such as pharmacy, discount, or grocery chains, these clinics require no appointments, are open on weekends and evenings, report little waiting time (1), and offer services limited to immunizations and treatment of minor acute conditions (2). Compared with outpatient physicians, retail clinics serve a population that is younger, more likely to be uninsured, and less likely to have a primary care physician (2). Nearly 1000 retail clinics operate in the United States (3); this number is expected to increase steadily, and surveys indicate that about 15% of children and 19% of adults report being likely to use them in the near future (4).
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