Date: 14 November 2017
According to new research, older patients who do not see the same GP over a period of time are at higher risk of emergency hospital admission compared to those who see the same or a small number of GPs.
Researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, found that the risk of emergency hospital admission was more than twice as high for patients with the least continuity of care compared to those with high continuity of care.
Data was analysed from over 10,000 records electronic records of patients aged 65 years and older, from 297 general practices in England, between April 2010 and March 2014. These data were linked to hospital records to measure the association between continuity of care and risk of emergency hospital admission.
Based on the results of this study, the researchers suggest that initiatives to enhance continuity of care could potentially reduce hospital admissions, relieving some of the pressure on emergency departments.
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