The results were mixed:
- Those visiting retail clinics were less likely to return to their primary care physician.
- Yet, no evidence revealed that retail clinic visits disrupted preventative medical care or diabetes management (key measurement of quality of care).
"Retail clinics are still in their infancy and over time we may or may not observe a more negative impact of retail clinics on preventive care or continuity of medical care."The study included a review of Aetna insurance claims from 2007-2009. Patients visiting a retail clinic with an acute condition in 2008 were identified. Researchers compared the retail clinic patient's pattern of care with those who visited a primary care physician for an acute condition during the same timeframe. >>Read more