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Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(8):704-707. doi:10.7150/ijms.4999

Letter To The Editor

Monitoring Reasons for Encounter via an Electronic Patient Record System: the Case of a Rural Practice Initiative

Spyridon Klinis1, Adelais Markaki2✉, Dimitrios Kounalakis3, Emmanouil K. Symvoulakis4

1. Primary Health Care Unit of Alonakia, Siatista, Greece
2. Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece
3. Private Family Practice Unit in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
4. Private Family Practice Unit in Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Abstract

The objective of this brief communication was to tabulate common reasons for encounter in a Greek rural general practice, as result of a recently adopted electronic patient record (EPR) application. Twenty encounter reasons accounted for 3,797 visits (61% of all patient encounters), whereas 565 other reasons accounted for the remaining 2,429 visits (39%). Number one reason for encounter was health maintenance or disease prevention seeking services, including screening examinations for malignancies, immunization and provision of medical opinion reports. Hypertension, lipid disorder and ischemic heart disease without angina were among the most common reasons for seeking care. A strengths/weaknesses/opportunities/threats (SWOT) analysis on the key role of an EPR system in collecting data from rural and remote primary health care settings is also presented.

Keywords: patient encounter, rural practice, general practice, electronic patient record, Greece

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How to cite this article:
Klinis S, Markaki A, Kounalakis D, Symvoulakis EK. Monitoring Reasons for Encounter via an Electronic Patient Record System: the Case of a Rural Practice Initiative. Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(8):704-707. doi:10.7150/ijms.4999. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v09p0704.htm