Health United States 2020-2021

Office visit

In the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a physician’s ambulatory practice (office) can be in any location other than in a hospital, nursing home, other extended care facility, patient’s home, industrial clinic, college clinic, or family planning clinic. Offices in health maintenance organizations and private offices in hospitals are included. An office visit is any direct personal exchange between an ambulatory patient and a physician or members of their staff for the purpose of seeking care and rendering health services.

Page last reviewed: August 12, 2022