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Evaluation of Healthcare Use among Patients Aged 65 and over Applying to the General Surgery Outpatient Clinic [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. 2022; 5(1): 32-37 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2022.41961

Evaluation of Healthcare Use among Patients Aged 65 and over Applying to the General Surgery Outpatient Clinic

Hasan Çantay1, Saliha Şahin2, Sevinç Sütlü3
1Department of General Surgery, Kafkas University Faculty of Medicine, Kars, Turkey
2Department of Family Medicine, Kars Provincial Health Directorate, Kars, Turkey
3Department of Gerontology, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University Faculty of Health Sciences, Burdur, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to evaluate and determine the associated factors of appropriate healthcare use of elderly patients presenting to the general surgery outpatient clinic of a tertiary hospital.
METHODS: This hospital-focused cross-sectional study was conducted on patients aged 65 years and over who applied to tertiary care services between March 2021 and September 2021. The data were collected with a questionnaire using a face-to-face interview technique. The data collection form consisted of two sections, which assess sociodemographic features and the medical status of the patients.
RESULTS: A total of 340 patients were included in the study. The frequency of using tertiary healthcare services appropriately was 41 (12.1%). When the use of tertiary healthcare services was evaluated with logistic regression models, living area (OR=2.994 [1.375–6.521], p=0.006), duration of education (OR=3.032 [1.424–6.454], p=0.004), transport to healthcare center (OR=3.157 [1.193–8.353], p=0.021) and to know the family physician (OR=0.425 [0.203–0.892], p=0.024) were found to be significant.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The effective use of the referral chain in the healthcare system will enable more effective use of tertiary healthcare institutions.

Keywords: Elderly, healthcare, family practice, general surgery.

Hasan Çantay, Saliha Şahin, Sevinç Sütlü. Evaluation of Healthcare Use among Patients Aged 65 and over Applying to the General Surgery Outpatient Clinic. anatol j fm. 2022; 5(1): 32-37

Corresponding Author: Hasan Çantay, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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