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gp dataJune 27 2016

Low continuity of care in general practice has been found to be associated with a higher risk of mortality.

The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam followed a study sample of 1,712 older adults aged over 60 years with three year follow up cycles between 1992-2009 and mortality follow up to 2013. It found that among the 759 people who had survived 17 years, 33.1% still had the same GP.

However the lowest level of continuity of care (COC), “showed significantly greater mortality than those in the maximum COC category (hazard ratio (HR) = 1.20, 95% CI = 1.01 to 1.42).”

Continuity of care was calculated using the Herfindahl–Hirschman Index using a definition of the duration of the ongoing therapeutic relationship between the patient and GP. A value of 1 represented the maximum level.

“This study demonstrates that low continuity of care in general practice is associated with a higher risk of mortality, strengthening the case for encouragement of continuity of care,” said the researchers based at the University Medical Centre, Amsterdam.

The results have been published in the British Journal of General Practice.

Link:

OR Maarsingh et al. ‘Continuity of care in primary care and association with survival in older people: a 17-year prospective cohort study’. BJGP. Published online June 21 2016

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