Innovative reflecting interview: Effect on high-utilizing patients with medically unexplained symptoms

Norman H. Rasmussen, Joseph W. Furst, Dana M. Swenson-Dravis, David C. Agerter, Alan J. Smith, Macaran A Baird, Stephen S. Cha

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Abstract

This pilot study was conducted to determine the effect of an innovative reflecting interview on the health care utilization, physical health, mental function, and health care satisfaction of high-utilizing primary care patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms. Twenty-four high-utilizing patients met study selection criteria and were randomly assigned to a no-intervention control group or a reflecting interview intervention group. Outcomes were measured at 4 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year after the date of study enrollment. Results indicated that high-utilizing patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms who participated in a reflecting interview had reduced total health care costs, primarily through the reduction of hospitalization or inpatient expenses, despite a modest increase in outpatient primary care clinic visits. These data suggest that participation in a reflecting interview and regular visits with a primary care clinician can decrease health care utilization without adversely affecting patient satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-359
Number of pages11
JournalDisease Management
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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