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Table 3 Correlations* between continuity of care indices and healthcare services utilization (scope and costs).

From: The association between continuity of care in the community and health outcomes: a population-based study

Outcome UPC MMCI COC SECON
No. of ED visits - 0.087* - 0.081* - 0.094* - 0.099*
Cost of ED visits 0.086* - 0.077* - 0.092* - 0.096*
No. of outpatient clinic visits 0.042 0.080* 0.044 0.032
Cost of outpatient clinic visits 0.036 0.071* 0.036 0.024
No. of hospitalizations 0.028 0.042 0.028 0.020
No. of hospitalization days 0.031 0.045 0.031 0.023
Cost of hospitalization 0.033 0.047 0.033 0.025
No. of medical consultation visits 0.033 0.062* 0.032 0.038
Cost of medical consultation visits 0.040 0.062* 0.038 0.039
Cost of medications (to the patient) 0.119* 0.159* 0.122* 0.113*
Cost of medications (to the HMO) 0.009 - 0.001 0.008 0.007
  1. (*) Correlations between continuity of care indices and healthcare outcomes and costs are statistically significant (p < 0.05).