Research Article

Effect of distance from surgery on consultation rates in an urban practice.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.290.6465.359 (Published 02 February 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:359
  1. C R Whitehouse

    Abstract

    Introducing a microcomputer into a general practice provides an opportunity to consider how different population groups use the services offered. In a study of the effect that distance has on consultation rates the results showed that patients who lived close to the surgery consulted a third more than those who lived over two and a half miles from the surgery. Further analysis showed that patients who might be expected to have transport difficulties were particularly low users.