Cooperative health care clinics: a group approach to individual care

Geriatrics. 1998 May;53(5):68-70, 76-8, 81; quiz 82.


In cooperative health care clinics (CHCC), health care is provided to older patients in a group setting. The CHCC concept, which was developed under a research grant by Kaiser Permanente in Colorado in 1991, showed improvement in patient and provider satisfaction, as well as improved quality of care and cost effectiveness. CHCC are being replicated in other sites under a research grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition to formal findings from research studies, much has been learned about factors that have promoted the success of the program.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Health Maintenance Organizations / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Office Visits
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Patient Participation*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Self-Help Groups / organization & administration*