Many Patients Flocking to Retail Clinics for Rx Renewals, Vaccines
Almost a third of visits to retail health clinics are for renewal of a prescription, yet most patients do not believe that these visits will replace regular appointments with their physician or other healthcare provider, according to a new survey by Kalorama Information.
In a web-based panel survey of 2,000 adults between December 2014 and January 2015, 74% percent of those who indicated they had visited a retail clinic did so for a vaccination, 55% for cold or flu symptoms, and 32% for a prescription renewal. While some clinicians may be concerned that these retail clinics could replace visits to doctor's offices, only a small group of survey respondents believed that visits to the retail clinic would replace regular appointments with their physician or other healthcare provider.
Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information, stated that retail clinics are increasingly providing point-of-care (POC) tests, clinical chemistry and immunoassay laboratory tests. and vaccines. However, retail clinics typically only occupy a small space within a store and do not use most of the high-tech medical equipment found in hospitals. specialty centers, or other healthcare facilities. By 2019, it is expected that a growing number of retail clinics will be located at facilities other than drug stores as other types of businesses embrace the trend.
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