Primary Care Survey

An important new research initiative is taking place between the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (UIC-CPPHD) and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force. The goal of this research is to better understand and improve the overall community-based primary care environment and its linkage to resources for breast cancer care so as to ultimately save lives. In ordet to achieve this goal, a survey/questionnaire was developed for local primary care sites.

This survey is designed to describe the primary care safety net in Chicago's underserved communities and to identify possible factors that contribute to disparities in breast cancer outcomes. In order to achieve this goal, we must collect data from each delivery site offering primary care. Importantly, this survey methodology departs from current data reporting on community health centers, which occurs only at the grantee or parent organization level, but not for each primary care delivery site. By collecting information for each delivery site, we will be able to accurately characterize the primary care environment at the community level.

The questionnaire collects two main types of information as well as basic data on the location and hours of operation:

Section 1 collects information on access to mammography services, including where patients are referred, the number of mammograms received, case management, and patient education and risk assessment.

Section 2 collects information on clinic utilization and capacity, including patient demographics, the main ZIP codes served by the clinic as well as the number of providers and visits. With regard to the coordination of breast cancer screening and diagnosis, the questionnaire also asks for data on the referral of uninsured women to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

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