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Consultations for injuries by frequent attenders are found to be medically appropriate from general practitioners' perspective.

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Håkan Bergh
Amir Baigi
Bertil Marklund
Publicerad i Scandinavian journal of public health
Volym 33
Nummer/häfte 3
Sidor 228-32
ISSN 1403-4948
Publiceringsår 2005
Publicerad vid Institutionen för samhällsmedicin, Avdelningen för allmänmedicin
Sidor 228-32
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1080/1403494051000576...
Ämnesord frequent attenders, injuries, medically appropriate consultations, primary healthcare
Ämneskategorier Medicin och Hälsovetenskap

Sammanfattning

AIMS: A study was carried out to determine whether frequent attenders' (FAs') consultations for injuries are medically appropriate or not. METHODS: A retrospective review was undertaken of medical records in a primary healthcare centre. All injury consultations by frequent attenders and controls during a period of one year were evaluated by two general practitioners (GPs). Outcome variables were: number of injuries, chronic diseases, type of injuries, and their treatments. The GPs made a comprehensive picture of each case and evaluated whether it was medically appropriate to consult a doctor or not. RESULTS: Injuries were 7.2 times more common among frequent attenders compared with the controls. Frequent attenders had significantly more chronic diseases. Mean number of injury consultations was the same for frequent attenders with or without chronic disease. There was no difference concerning medically appropriate consultations between frequent attenders and controls. CONCLUSIONS: Consultations for injuries with frequent attenders were considered medically appropriate. Chronic diseases did not explain the higher injury incidence among frequent attenders. These findings are interesting and contradict the opinion that increased healthcare consumption by FAs is a waste of resources. Our findings may suggest that FAs are more vulnerable individuals.

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