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a doctor in consultation imageMay 24 2018

Patients who see the same GP over time are admitted to hospital less often than similar individuals who see the same GP less often, a report has noted.


The Health Foundation has examined data for people aged between 65 and 85 looking at continuity of care. It found that approximately 14% of all emergency admissions are for ‘ambulatory sensitive’ conditions. These are “conditions such as asthma where timely and effective primary care could reduce the likelihood of admission.

“If older patients saw their regular GP two more times out of every ten consultations, this would be associated with a 6% decrease in admissions for ambulatory sensitive conditions,” said the Health Foundation. 

Its findings have been included in a report looking at emergency hospital admissions in England and asking which admissions might be avoidable and why.

“Around 26.5% of all unplanned A&E attendances in England (5.77 million per year) were preceded by the patient being unable to obtain a GP appointment that was convenient to them, however few of these A&E attendances will have resulted in an admission,” said the Health Foundation.

As well as addressing access to GP services – the policies now in place to improve access and reverse the trend of underfunding and understaffing “will take time to bear fruit” – the Health Foundation says that “improving care within social care settings might also have an impact, with care home residents experiencing high rates of admission.”

Link:
Health Foundation announcement        
A Steventon et al. ‘Health Foundation Briefing. Emergency hospital admissions in England: which may be avoidable and how?’ May 22 2018.             

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