Stressors facing home-based primary care providers

Katherine O'Brien*, Sara Bradley, Vanessa Ramirez-Zohfeld, Lee Lindquist

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The numbers of homebound patients in the United States are increasing. Home-based primary care (HBPC) is an effective model of interdisciplinary care that has been shown to have high patient satisfaction rates and excellent clinical outcomes. However, there are fewclinicians that practice HBPC and clinicians that do face additional stressors. This study sought to better understand the stressors that HBPC providers face in caring for homebound patients. This was a cross-sectional qualitative survey and analysis of HBPC providers. Responses were categorized into four themes: The patient in the home setting, caregiver support, logistics, and administrativeconcerns. This research is the first to analyze the stressors that providers of HBPC face in serving the needs of complex homebound patients. Awareness and attention to these issues will be important for the future sustainability of home-based primary care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number17
JournalGeriatrics (Switzerland)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


  • Home care medicine
  • Home-based primary care
  • Homebound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Health(social science)

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