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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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dc.contributor.author O'Regan, Andrew
dc.contributor.author O'Doherty, Jane
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Ray
dc.contributor.author Cullen, Walter
dc.contributor.author Niranjan, Vikram
dc.contributor.author Glynn, Liam G.
dc.contributor.author Hannigan, Ailish
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-04T12:26:39Z
dc.date.available 2022-02-04T12:26:39Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/11001
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract 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 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE;17(2), e0263258
dc.subject multimorbidity en_US
dc.subject chronic illnesses en_US
dc.title How do multi-morbidity and polypharmacy affect general practice attendance and referral rates? A retrospective analysis of consultations en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0263258
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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