PURPOSE: To assess the willingness of adult primary-care physicians to transfer young adults with special health care needs (YASHCN) into their practices, and the relative impact of patient characteristics and transition supports. METHODS: Survey of primary care internists and family practitioners using randomized patient characteristics and transition supports in clinical vignettes to assess physician willingness to accept a YASHCN into their practice. RESULTS: 404 responses were received from 601 surveys (response rate 67%). Only 44% rated themselves "willing" or "enthusiastic" to accept a YASHCN. Using four-way ANOVA testing, provider and practice characteristics significantly associated with willingness to accept included gender, years in practice, presence of YASHCN in current practice and whether the practice was accepting new patients. Patient condition and transition support significantly affected willingness to accept; training in internal medicine versus family practice did not. CONCLUSION: Physicians providing primary care for adults express limited willingness to accept YASHCN into their practices. Provider, practice and patient characteristics affected willingness to accept. Although transition supports affected willingness to accept, effects varied markedly across diagnoses and physician gender. Findings have implications for patients and healthcare teams and policy planners.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation