Title 'Extra pressures are shaping the way GPs care for us with more remote consultations' Media name/outlet The Mirror Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 14/02/22 Description These “frequent attenders” account for a large proportion of a GP’s workload – 40% of appointments, including face-to-face consultations.
The findings go some way to explain why it’s so hard to see a GP.
Frequent attenders – classed as people having more appointments than 90% of patients at their practice, have more than doubled their number of clinic visits in the last two decades.
The study ran from 2000-2019 and looked at 160million consultations from 12.3million patients in 845 GP practices. It showed four out of 10 patients were frequent attenders.
Co-author Dr Maria Panagioti, from Manchester University, said: “Frequent attenders also may have special health and social care needs but for a variety of reasons we do not yet fully understand how best to meet them.”
Co-author Professor Evan Kontopantelis from Manchester University, said: “This is the first study to show that frequent attenders, the top 10% of consulters, have largely and progressively contributed to increased workload in general practices across the UK over the last 20 years.”
Co-author Professor Aneez Esmail, also from Manchester University, said: “Our findings show frequent attenders account for an increasing proportion of face-to-face consultations with GPs and are responsible for nearly 40% of consultations fairly constantly over time.”
URL https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/extra-pressures-shaping-way-gps-26226823 Persons Maria Panagioti, Evan Kontopantelis, Aneez Esmail
- general practice