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Poor continuity of primary care may increase mortality in elderly people, study shows

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4222 (Published 01 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4222
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Poor continuity of care in general practice is associated with increased mortality in older adults, a 17 year follow-up study in the Netherlands has shown.1

Although continuity of care is a widely accepted core principle of high quality primary care, evidence of its benefits has been limited. Researchers followed up 1712 people aged over 60 who were taking part in the ongoing Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, which includes a randomly selected sample of older adults.

Data on study …

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