Long-term conditions in older adults using primary care services
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Long-term conditions in older adults using primary care services

Abdullah Alkhawaldeh Assistant professor, Jerash University, Jerash, Jordan
Omar ALOmari Assistant professor, Jerash University, Jerash, Jordan
Mohammed ALBashtawy Associate professor and vice dean, Al Al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
Ma’en Aljezawi Assistant professor, Al Al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
Mohammad Suliman Assistant professor, Al Al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
Margo Holm Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jamal Qaddumi Assistant professor, An-Najah National University
Abdul-Monim Batiha Associate professor, Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania
Fadwa Alhalaiqa Assistant professor, Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania
Ahmad Saifan Assistant professor, Applied Science Private University, Amman, Jordan

Abdullah Alkhawaldeh and colleagues discuss an analysis of primary care service use among older people with long-term conditions in north Jordan

Older adults are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with long-term conditions than those in other age groups. The aim of this study was to examine long-term conditions associated with, and predictive of, primary health care (PHC) service use among older adults living in the Irbid Governorate of Jordan over the previous one, six and 12 months. Cross-sectional data were collected from 190 adults aged 60 years and above. Face-to-face interviews were conducted within the catchment areas associated with three comprehensive healthcare centres. Results show that rates of PHC service use among older adults with long-term conditions are high, with heart conditions, diabetes and hypertension the most consistent predictors of service use.

Primary Health Care. 26, 2,31-35. doi: 10.7748/phc.26.2.31.s23

Correspondence

mohammadbash@aabu.edu.jo

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 14 September 2015

Accepted: 05 November 2015