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Poor access to GP services is not linked to frequent A&E visits, finds study

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k219 (Published 17 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k219
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Poor access to GP services is not associated with increased visits to emergency departments, an analysis of data for London hospitals, which found patients using hospital emergency departments (EDs) more frequently also saw their GP more often, has shown.1

“This analysis provides strong evidence that increasing numbers of physical and mental morbidities drive attendance rates at EDs,” the researchers, led by Sally Hull from Queen Mary University of London, said.

Rates of attendance at EDs in the UK have increased steadily over the past 50 years and are highest in London, with 466 in every 1000 of …

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