University of Wisconsin–Madison

PHS Monday Seminar: John Mullahy, PhD, “Understanding Patients’ Time in Contact with Healthcare Providers”

This seminar will consider some conceptual and empirical aspects of the time patients spend in contact with healthcare providers.  Under different circumstances, non-contact with providers may or may not be desirable.  For instance, some measures of healthcare quality are based on understanding how much patient time is dedicated to the receipt of healthcare, how much time is spent waiting for care, etc.  This seminar will explore these issues conceptually and will provide some preliminary empirical findings that illustrate how time in contact with healthcare providers depends on patient and healthcare system characteristics.