The use and limitations of SMS reminders to improve outpatient attendance rates
Local subject classificationATTENDANCE
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CitationSheil F et al. The use and limitations of SMS reminders to improve outpatient attendance rates. IMJ. 2014 June 107 (6)
PublisherIrish Medical Journal
JournalIrish Medical Journal
AbstractMissed appointments and non-attendance at outpatient clinics are a major cause of inefficiency in the health service. It is estimated that this problem currently costs the Health Service Executive (HSE) up to 33 million annually; each individual non-attendance costs 80 and adds a burden to lengthening waiting lists and a potential delay in assessment and treatment of the non-attending patient. Outpatient Breast Services are currently under particular pressure with a 60% increase in referrals to the Symptomatic Breast Units (SBU) since services were centralised under the auspices of the NCCP in 2007 1 .