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Phenomena that underpin frequent attendance need clarification

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7064.1085a (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1085
  1. Richard D Neal, Research fellow,
  2. Philip L Heywood, Deputy director,
  3. Anthony C Dowell, Director,
  4. Stephen Morley, Senior lecturer in clinical psychology
  1. Centre for Research in Primary Care, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN
  2. Division of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences in Relation to Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LT

    EDITOR,—Paul Aylin and colleagues' found that 1.3% of patients accounted for almost 40% of all home visits in their study.1 We performed a similar analysis using data from a validated dataset consisting of a date record of all contacts with four practices in and around Leeds in 1992, 1993, and 1994.2 While in general we found a correlation between consultations in the surgery and home visits—for example, patients who seldom attended the surgery were visited infrequently—this was not true among the 1 in 50 patients who received frequent …

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