Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2012). Disparities in Primary Health Care Experiences Among Canadians With Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions.. CIHI: Ottawa, ON. Retrieved from http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/products/PHC_Experiences_AiB2012_E.pdf.
“This report uses the 2008 Canadian Survey of Experiences With Primary Health Care to fill an important gap in our knowledge of primary health care for individuals who have ambulatory care sensitive conditions. An examination of differences in access, use and appropriateness of care
according to income, geography, health conditions and sex reveals the following:
- Individuals with ambulatory care sensitive conditions in the lowest income group, in rural areas or with multiple chronic conditions were twice as likely to report that their last visit to an emergency department was for a condition that they perceived as being treatable by their primary health care provider.
- Women with ambulatory care sensitive conditions were less likely than men to report receiving all four recommended tests for chronic disease monitoring, to have medication side effects explained or to be provided with tools to self-manage their condition.
- Compared with those in the highest income group, individuals with ambulatory care sensitive conditions in the lowest income group were less likely to report that their primary health care physician involved them in clinical decisions or helped them make a treatment plan to manage