Exploring Health in Military Families: Does Continuity of Care Influence Patient Satisfaction?
Gleason, Jessica Leigh
Beck, Kenneth H
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To ensure mission-readiness for military members, support for their families is essential. Military family health and health care satisfaction has been a neglected area of study in this population. Satisfaction can be defined in terms of patient-, provider-, and practice-level factors and is influenced by continuity of care, which is often poor in transient military populations. Using a modified patient satisfaction survey, this study found that both the number of moves and assigned providers were significantly associated with continuity of care in military spouses. Further, continuity of care was a significant predictor of satisfaction with military health care.