Medical Practice

Team Work Load in an English General Practice—I

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: (Published 23 February 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:315
  1. G. N. Marsh,
  2. R. A. McNay


    A survey of the total care provided by a general practitioner and his paramedical team for 3,137 patients in Teesside in 1972 showed that even in this area of high morbidity and mortality the work load was very small. The doctor held an average of 2·3 consultations per patient per year, and the overall average for the team of doctor, nurse, and health visitor was only 3·1. By delegating work to a team of trained paramedical workers, by increasing the proportion of personal medicine, and by engaging the co-operation of his patients, the general practitioner reduced his work load considerably, without any apparent reduction in standard of care.