Operating out of pharmacies, grocery stores, and "big box" stores, retail health clinics provide care for simple acute conditions, typically delivered by a nurse practitioner. RAND research examines all angles of this relatively new mode of care delivery, including the effect of retail clinics on preventive services, doctor-patient relationships, and costs.
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Retail health care clinics provide treatment for acute conditions like bronchitis as well as vaccinations and other preventive care. With the role of retail clinics expanding and U.S. health care entering a dynamic period of change, it is important to consider what we know about this emerging health care setting.
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Retail clinics are becoming increasingly widespread. This research brief explores who uses them, the types of services they provide, and whether the common claims about retail clinics are supported by evidence.
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