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Surge in A&E visits more due to complex conditions than shortcomings in GP care, study says

Emergency department presentations more to do with multiple conditions than shortcomings in GP care, study says
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Emergency department presentations more to do with multiple conditions than shortcomings in GP care, study says

Increased attendances at emergency departments are a result of individuals' long-term conditions and not poor quality GP services, a study says.

Queen Mary University of London researchers say that having multiple long-term conditions is the strongest predictor of emergency department attendance. Social deprivation is the second strongest indicator, according to data from 819,590 people registered at 136 GP practices in London.

Complex conditions and socioeconomic status

Writing in the British Journal of General Practice, the researchers noted a six-fold increase in attendance rates of those with four or more long-term health conditions, compared with those with no such conditions.

Attendance for the most deprived population group (366 people per 1,000 of population) was 52% higher than in the least deprived group (240

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