How too many GPs spoil the broth

Several studies confirm the benefits of continuity of care

Older patients who see a variety of GPs are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital, according to a study of 10,000 older people.

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The results show that over-65s who see a GP other than their usual one increase their risk of admission within 30 days.

“Discontinuity of care reduces the opportunity for building trust and mutual responsibility between patients and physicians, which might underlie the increased risk of emergency hospital admission,” write the

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