Continuity of care during pregnancy: the effect of provider continuity on outcome

J Fam Pract. 1985 Nov;21(5):375-80.


Continuity of care during pregnancy was examined in a family practice residency setting. The effect of provider continuity on the rate of pregnancy complications and patient satisfaction was studied prospectively in a sample of 61 patients. Patients in this study placed relatively low value on continuity of care. Pregnancy complications were predicted by traditional prenatal risk factors. Perceived waiting time in the office had the greatest effect on patient satisfaction. Provider continuity had no significant effect on either outcome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Family Practice / education
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Missouri
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians, Family
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
  • Prenatal Care*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk
  • Socioeconomic Factors