Journal article

Changes in patient experience associated with growth and collaboration in general practice: observational study using data from the UK GP Patient Survey

Lindsay JL Forbes, Hannah Forbes, Matt Sutton, Katherine Checkland, Stephen Peckham

British Journal of General Practice | Royal College of General Practitioners | Published : 2020


Abstract Background For the last few years, English general practices — which are, traditionally, small — have been encouraged to serve larger populations of registered patients by merging or collaborating with each other. Meanwhile, patient surveys have suggested that continuity of care and access to care are worsening. Aim To explore whether increasing the size of the practice population and working collaboratively are linked to changes in continuity of care or access to care. Design and setting This observational study in English general practice used data on patient experience, practice size, and collaborative working. Data were drawn from the English GP Patient Survey, NHS Digital, an..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme, conducted through the Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.