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Term: Majority of Care (Ambulatory)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2013-10-30


Majority of Care is a measure of whether individuals receive most of their ambulatory care from a single provider (versus two or more other providers). In MCHP research, the focus of this measure is on ambulatory visits to a physician. Usually, majority of care is measured as greater than 50% of vistis to one physician, physician group or clinic. In Lix et al. (2016), this threshold was more than 75%.


  • The term majority of care was initially used in Menec et al. (2000) who developed and investigated six different percentage cutoffs - 50%, 60%, 65%, 70%, 75% and 80% of physician visits - for measuring majority of care. For more detailed information, see Section 2 - Menec et al. (2000) of the Measuring Majority of Care concept.
  • In some MCHP deliverables, the Majority of Care measure is referred to as Continuity of Care - See Section 3 in the Measuring Majority of Care concept for more information on this.

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  • Fransoo R, Martens P, The Need to Know Team, Prior H, Burchill C, Koseva I, Bailly A, Allegro E. The 2013 RHA Indicators Atlas. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2013. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)
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