A new survey from CareMore Health suggests the resurgence of the house call could enable higher quality and more accessible care for people living with chronic conditions, while also alleviating caregiver burden, according to a news release.
The survey, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of CareMore and Aspire Health among 2,009 U.S. adults 23 years and older, provides insights into the perceived benefits of in-home care for chronically ill patients and explores the hurdles preventing people from getting care where and when they need it.
The majority of adults, 64%, express interest in the house call defined as a team of healthcare professionals traveling to a home-bound or chronically ill patient’s home or care facility to provide medical care, medication consultations, and social services for both regular check-ups and non-emergency medical situations.
Convenience and more personal attention are key benefits of in-home care, and 92% say the quality of care provided in-home would be better or equal to the quality offered in an office or clinic.
Adults also saw benefits related to personalized attention, improved ability to manage well-being, and compliance with treatment plans.
According to the survey, the majority of people, 87%, want their healthcare provider to treat them or the person who they care for like a member of the family.
Additional findings include:
- Seventy-nine percent agree that people would be able to better manage their health if they could have consultations with their healthcare providers in their own home.
- The house call was cited as less stressful than an office visit for 44% of adults.
- Sixty-four percent agree care provided at home would reveal much more than what is seen in the office or clinic.
- Forty-two percent believe house calls allow for more personal attention from healthcare providers.
- Forty-four percent of respondents say they would be more likely to follow an in-home health care provider’s advice versus that given in a provider’s office.
- Forty-three percent say they would be more likely to take medication exactly as prescribed or indicated if the care were provided in-home.