A novel prescription for heartsink patients? Friends
Prescribing coffee mornings for your lonely and socially isolated patients could be one way to deal with an overflowing waiting room.
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.
“The top 10% of attendees