Continuity of GP care cuts admissions

Continuity of care with a regular GP not only reduces ED visits, it also leads to a fall in elective hospital admissions, a study shows.

In a practice with about 6000 patients on its books, each 1% increase in the proportion of patients able to see their own doctor was linked with 7.6 fewer elective admissions in 2006/07 and 3.1 fewer elective admissions in 2007/08, the UK study found.

By contrast, there was no link between a practice’s overall achievement of government-established clinical indicators and elective hospital admissions, the study of 145 general