Urban-rural health differences: primary care data and self reported data render different results

Madelon Kroneman*, Robert A. Verheij, Margot Tacken, Jouke Van der Zee

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Aim Assessing the usefulness of GP electronic medical records for assessing the health of anal populations by comparing these data with data from health interview surveys Data Data from electronic medical records routinely recorded in general practices in 2000-2002 Data on self-reported health problems were obtained through questionnaires in a subset of the same patient population. Results According to GP-records. acute somatic and chronic diseases were more frequently presented in rural areas At the same time self reported health problems point to a better health in rural areas. Conclusion GP electronic medical records may be used to monitor the health of rural populations. These data can be obtained relatively quickly and easily and against acceptable cost However, they do not give the same outcomes as health interview surveys Reasons for this discrepancy may be. differences in the accessibility of specialist services and help seeking behaviour between urban and rural populations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-902
JournalHealth & Place
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Electronic medical record
  • Disease prevalence
  • General practioner

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