Steady GP-patient relationship cuts hospitalisations

Older patients who see the same GP are less likely to end up in hospital than those who see many doctors, according to a landmark study of more than 230,000 people.

The research, published in the BMJ, found that patients aged between 62 and 82 who saw the same GP for a high proportion of GP consults over a two-year period were 13% less likely to end up in hospital than those treated by different GPs.

This link was particularly strong among patients who were heavy users of primary care, the study found.

The findings were based on work by a team of data analysts from the British

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