A novel prescription for heartsink patients? Friends

Addressing social needs may help unclog busy waiting rooms

Prescribing coffee mornings for your lonely and socially isolated patients could be one way to deal with an overflowing waiting room.

Lonely

A new Australian-led study suggests patients with no important social connections see their GP 30% more often over a six-month period than those with three or more social connections (4.69 visits vs 3.52 visits on average).

And the odds of attending a GP more than once a month are six times higher for those with no important social groups than those with three or more social groups.

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