Commonwealth Medicine’s Office of Survey Research has been awarded a $378,189 grant to conduct a health care survey for Connecticut. The project is co-funded by the Aetna Foundation, Connecticut Health Foundation, the Patrice and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, Foundation for Community Health and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.
With this award, the Office of Survey Research will conduct a randomized telephone survey of 4,000 Connecticut residents about health and health care systems and provide the state with critical data on health and health care at both the state and local levels. Interviews will be conducted in both English and Spanish.
Several organizations in Connecticut are working to improve the health of residents, focusing on a number of issues including access to care, disparities and obesity. Many of these organizations are challenged to demonstrate the impact of their work because current public and readily available data are difficult to access.
The survey will provide insight on patients' experiences with their primary care providers, as well as whether patients receive appropriate and timely preventive care services. Demographic questions aim to identify any racial and ethnic disparities in care and health outcomes.
The results of the study are expected to be published in early 2013. The Office of Survey Research will provide deliverables including a final survey dataset with the surveys and related document, five policy briefs, a chart book, and an open dataset and related documentation that will be available to other researchers. The office will also develop abstracts for presentation at health policy conferences and papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.