Primary care access, emergency department visits, and unplanned short hospitalizations in the UK

Elizabeth Cecil*, Alex Bottle, Thomas E. Cowling, Azeem Majeed, Ingrid Wolfe, Sonia Saxena

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Demand for unplanned hospital services is rising, and children are frequent users, especially where access to primary care is poor. In England, universal health care coverage entitles parents to see a general practitioner (GP) for first-contact care. However, access to GP appointments is variable, and few patients can see their own regular GP out of hours (OOH). The goal of this study explored the association between access to GPs , emergency department (ED) visits and short hospitalizations (

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20151492
JournalPediatrics
Volume137
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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