Monday, 11 August 2014

More access to family doctor, fewer emergency room visits

This tweet from Professor Robert Watcher UCSF (San Francisco) refers us to an article of which he is a co-author, framed in the English NHS. This is a wide-ranging population study, with the population corresponding to 7,856 family doctors and a full year of monitoring.

To assess the access to a family doctor a survey was used from which the following parameters have been chosen: seeing the family doctor within two days of the request, having the option of talking on the phone with the family doctor or the percentage of people who get to see the family doctor of their choice.

The study has shown that the quality of access to a family doctor reduces the number of spontaneous visits to hospital emergency departments.

Jordi Varela

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