Medical Care Utilization and Self-Reported Health of Hypertensives — Results of the Munich Blood Pressure Study —
In the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), data on the utilization of medical care based on representative samples of defined populations are scarce. Medical care use has been investigated mainly by analyzing data from routine medical records, such as information for sickness funds, disability insurance, and general practices. The use of such data to study disease etiology is clearly limited (Keil, 1977). Furthermore, these data only provide information on individuals who have already been using medical care, so that a representative picture of the medical care utilization pattern of the general population cannot be obtained.
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