Can GPs ease stretched hospital EDs?


A perception that non-urgent patients are clogging up EDs, resulting in long waiting times, has led to interest in co-locating GPs to provide primary care for non-urgent problems.

The Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group has reviewed studies on this. Out of 8404 publications, only three low quality, non-randomised studies were included in the review, with the longest one year in duration. In the studies, GPs were