AffiliationDonegal Specialist Training Programme in General Practice, Education Centre, St. Conals, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. firstname.lastname@example.org
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CitationHome visits: why do rates vary so much? 2012, 105 (3):83-4 Ir Med J
PublisherIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractData including information on patient age, gender, who initiated the visit and call classification was collected during office hours from 12 G.P. rural teaching practices with a combined GMS patient population of 24,720, over a 2 month period. There were a total of 603 home visits, giving an annual visiting rate of 143/1000. Visiting rates varied between practices from 45 to 305/1000 per year. When high visiting practices (>210/1000/year) were compared to low visiting rate practices (>90/1000/year), patients tended to be older (79.7 v. 74.5 years) and calls were 12 times more likely to be doctor initiated (16.6% v. 1.4%) or classified as routine( 50.7% v. 44.9%). The variation between practices was related in part to patient age but appears largely due to differences in doctor home visiting behaviour. There are no recent figures on home visiting in Ireland.
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