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How do multi-morbidity and polypharmacy affect general practice attendance and referral rates? A retrospective analysis of consultations

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posted on 2022-02-04, 12:26 authored by Andrew O'Regan, Jane O'Doherty, Ray O'Connor, Walter Cullen, Vikram Niranjan, Liam G. Glynn, Ailish Hannigan
Background As prevalence of multi morbidity and polypharmacy rise, health care systems must respond to these challenges. Data is needed from general practice regarding the impact of age, number of chronic illnesses and medications on specific metrics of healthcare Methods This was a retrospective study of general practices in a university-affiliated education and research network, consisting of 72 practices. Records from a random sample of 100 patients aged 50 years and over who attended each participating practice in the previous two years were analysed. Through manual record searching, data were collected on patient demo graphics, number of chronic illnesses and medications, numbers of attendances to the general practitioner (GP), practice nurse, home visits and referrals to a hospital doctor. Attendance and referral rates were expressed per person-years for each demographic variable and the ratio of attendance to referral rate was also calculate

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PLoS ONE;17(2), e0263258

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Public Library of Science

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peer-reviewed

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English

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