General practitioners with special interests–not a cheap optionBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38676.769711.7C (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1448
- Martin Roland (email@example.com), director1
- 1 National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL
General practitioners with a special interest are general practitioners with special experience or training that enables them to take referrals which would normally be seen by specialists. The training of a new cadre of general practitioners with special interest was a key part of the UK government's 2000 NHS Plan.
Are general practitioners with special interests likely to be an effective and cost effective way of providing care? A randomised controlled trial by Salisbury et al and an economic evaluation by Coast et al provide some answers.1 2 The results show that in dermatology a general practitioner with special interest service was effective: patients were seen more quickly, were more satisfied, and had similar clinical …