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Specialist Outreach Clinics in General Practice

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1028
  1. Roland Petchey, non-clinical lecturer in general practice
  1. School of Community Health Sciences, The Medical School, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham

    Ed Martin Roland, Jonathan Shapiro

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £15, pp 120

    ISBN 1 85775 218 X

    Specialist outreach clinics in general practice are not new, but their numbers have increased substantially since the introduction of general practitioner fundholding. Their character has probably altered also. Earlier schemes largely followed the “liaison-attachment” model, aimed at improving patient care through collaboration between general practitioners and specialists.

    Recent schemes mostly follow the “shifted outpatient” model: the location of care moves from hospital to the general practice surgery, but otherwise it remains …

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