Seeing own GP reduces emergency admissions

PATIENTS who are able to see their own GP are less likely to be admitted for emergency treatment in hospital, according to a study in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

The UK study, by researchers in the University of Leicester Department of Health Sciences, concluded the rate of emergency admissions to hospital was associated with patient reports of being able to consult a particular GP.

Research leader Dr John Bankart said the study included 145 general practices.

“Hospital admission data were used to calculate the rate of emergency admissions for two consecutive years (2006–07 and 2007–08), and we studied the impact of practice characteristics and patient characteristics on admission rates,” he said.

Dr Bankart said being able to consult a particular GP, an aspect of continuity, was associated with lower emergency admission rates.

Researchers found that for a 5% increase of patient reports of being able

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