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Nurse consultations raise quality of outcomes in general practice

Higher rates of consultations by general practice nurses raise quality of outcomes, but not patient satisfaction

Higher rates of consultations by general practice nurses raise quality of outcomes, but not patient satisfaction

Nurse consultations raise the quality of outcomes in general practice, a study shows.

Consultations rose 16% in 2007-2014 in UK general practice but the relationship between volume, rate of consultations and patient outcomes is unclear.

This observational study explored statistical associations between clinical and service outcomes – mortality, hospital admission rates, quality of care and patient satisfaction – and consultation rates.

Anonymised patient electronic health records from 283 practices in the year to March 2014 were used.

Quality outcomes

The rates of GP and nurse

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