The validity of self-reported physician utilization measures

Med Care. 1984 Sep;22(9):796-803. doi: 10.1097/00005650-198409000-00003.


Respondents' reports of outpatient medical care use in the preceding year are compared with actual utilization. The authors examine the predictors of the discrepancy between reported and actual utilization as well as the extent to which reporting error biases models of utilization behavior. The average reporting error in this study is relatively small, but the impact of biased reporting on prediction models can be substantial.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Data Collection / standards
  • Female
  • Group Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Office Visits / statistics & numerical data*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Utilization Review