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No easy solutions for frequent hospital attendances

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:552
  1. Peter A West, senior associate (
  1. York Health Economics Consortium, University of York, York YO10 5NH

    EDITOR—Hitchen writes that a partnership between the NHS's Health and Social Care Information Centre and the health research company Dr Foster will publish data on patients who repeatedly use hospital services.1

    Professionally, I know that some community health services can help prevent admission to hospital. But, as the King's Fund report on predicting hospital admissions showed, it is not easy to predict which of these patients will be admitted again in the …

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