Dr Foster's Case Notes

“Frequent flier” patients

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7496.869 (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:869
  1. Susan Williams,
  2. Alex Bottle,
  3. Raquel Rogers,
  4. Paul Aylin
  1. Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College

Rising healthcare costs and tight budgets mean that primary care trusts (PCT) are under pressure to reduce the number of admissions to hospital. One target group of patients is those with multiple admissions—the “frequent fliers.” Improved management of these patients is good medical practice and can be cost effective for managers.w1The case management programme is the latest NHS initiative that aims to reduce the number of elderly frequent fliers. w1 w2We examined hospital episode statistics to reveal the scale of these admissions and to determine predictors of multiple admissions.

The bottom line

  • Frequent flier patients accounted for 35.6% …

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