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Ecology of Medical Care - Utilisation of Health Care in Austria (ECOHCARE)

This study has been completed.
National Bank of Austria
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Otto Pichlhoefer, Medical University of Vienna Identifier:
First received: December 16, 2010
Last updated: April 17, 2015
Last verified: April 2015

BACKGROUND: A proper understanding of the attitudes towards its own health status and concise estimates concerning the health seeking behavior of the different subgroups of a population are highly desirable. The structure of the Austrian population with regard to its age distribution and the proportion of people with immigrant backgrounds have been rapidly changing in recent years. Questions of allocating limited resources and meeting the needs of under-served populations have become increasingly important. However, data that could illuminate these issues are sparse and therefore obtaining them will be important for making sensible policy decisions.

METHODS: A telephone survey of the Austrian population for the assessment of the occurrence of any health complaint and the subsequent help seeking behavior with special emphasize on under-served minority groups - migrant population, elder people, and female gender.

AIMS: Our analysis of the data obtained should help to clarify some hitherto undocumented aspects and should provide the evidence for building a better health care infrastructure with equality of access and efficient coordination. We also hope that this information can help to allocate resources strategically according to needs and cost-efficiency in health care.

Health Behavior

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Ecology of Medical Care - Utilisation of Health Care in Austria

Further study details as provided by Otto Pichlhoefer, Medical University of Vienna:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Prevalence of health complaints [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    The occurrence of any health complaint and the subsequent help seeking behaviour with special emphasis on under-served minority groups.

  • Prevalence of dysphoric disorders [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
    The prevalence of depression and GAD will be assessed by the PHQ-2 and GAD-2 respectively.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Utilization of CAM [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    The utilization of CAM and a classification scheme for CAM methods in Austria.

  • Utilization of Health Care Resources in Austria [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    The utilization of health care resources of the Austrian population with respect to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels of care.

  • Case vignettes for calibration of response measures [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    The use of case vignettes to calibrate response measures across various ethnic minority groups.

Enrollment: 3500
Study Start Date: February 2010
Study Completion Date: March 2013
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
The Austrian population 15 years and older .

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 15 years and older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • younger than 15 years
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01261845

Department for General Practice and Family Medicine, Center for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria, A-1090
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Vienna
National Bank of Austria
Principal Investigator: Otto Pichlhoefer, MD MedUni Vienna
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Otto Pichlhoefer, MD, Medical University of Vienna Identifier: NCT01261845     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13683
13575 ( Other Identifier: Oesterreichische Nationalbank )
Study First Received: December 16, 2010
Last Updated: April 17, 2015

Keywords provided by Otto Pichlhoefer, Medical University of Vienna:
Delivery of Health Care
Equity in Health Services
Ethnic Groups
Health Services Research
Health Surveys
Referral and Consultation
Resource Allocation
Social Justice
Vulnerable Populations processed this record on August 18, 2017