Why patients miss primary care appointments: involving patients in research

Maggs, Christopher; Langley, Carole
March 2008
Primary Health Care;Mar2008, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p34
Academic Journal
The article discusses how and why health personnel involved patients when developing a research proposal to understand why some patients miss appointments in primary care. A number of studies which have attempted to explain why this should be the case have pointed to characteristics such as gender, age and social deprivation as indicators of likelihood to miss an appointment. It has been claimed that missed appointments cost the National Health Service approximately 162 million pound yearly.


Related Articles

  • Hospitals failing to match GP savings. Moberly, Tom // GP: General Practitioner;11/4/2011, p3 

    The article reports that Great Britain National Health Service (NHS) Information Centre data has shown that hospital doctors are failing to match GPs' efforts to contain prescribing costs, with drug spends in hospitals rising three times faster than in primary care. The official figures have...

  • What do we know about how to do audit and feedback? Pitfalls in applying evidence from a systematic review. Foy, R; Eccles, MP; Jamtvedt, G; Young, J; Grimshaw, JM; Baker, R // BMC Health Services Research;2005, Vol. 5, p50 

    Background: Improving the quality of health care requires a range of evidence-based activities. Audit and feedback is commonly used as a quality improvement tool in the UK National Health Service [NHS]. We set out to assess whether current guidance and systematic review evidence can sufficiently...

  • Referral management schemes are damaging patients' interests. Lapsley, Peter // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);1/20/2007, Vol. 334 Issue 7585, p156 

    The article presents opinion on the value and effectiveness of referral management schemes which are found in Great Britain's National Health Service. The schemes, which are known as clinical assessment and treatment schemes, have been put into place in the health system to reduce primary care...

  • Accidental heroes.  // Personnel Today;1/2/2007, p17 

    The article reports that the Career Framework Team in Skills for Health has developed the role of Emergency care practitioners (ECP) to cover competencies that include providing emergency assessment, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. There are nearly 650 ECPs working in 41 primary care trusts...

  • Opinion: Leader - Dedication alone is not enough.  // GP: General Practitioner;10/21/2005, p150 

    This article reports that recent thinking of health provision in Great Britain has been about contracting services out to private providers. Unfortunately for the National Health Service (NHS) would also mean paying its bills on time, something some GPs finding is beyond the ability of primary...

  • Tough talk from the NICE man. Taylor, Jennifer // Medeconomics;Nov2003, Vol. 24 Issue 11, p44 

    National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is considering draft proposals for the National Health Service to pay for in vitro fertilization, costing the nation about £ 400 million. Primary care trusts sometimes claim they haven't enough money to implement NICE guidance. A departure...

  • General practitioners with a special interest in respiratory medicine: national survey of UK primary care organisations. Pinnock, Hilary; Netuveli, Gopalakrishnan; Price, David; Sheikh, Aziz // BMC Health Services Research;2005, Vol. 5, p40 

    Background: To meet the universally recognised challenge of caring for people with long-term diseases many healthcare cultures are encouraging family physicians to develop specialist skills. We aimed to determine the major factors influencing the appointment of respiratory General Practitioners...

  • Cash for care pushed through. Praities, Nigel // Pulse;5/20/2009, Vol. 69 Issue 17, p11 

    The article reports on the plans of the government to give patients cash payments to purchase the National Health Service (NHS) services in Great Britain in 2009. It notes that the direct payments will begin as a pilot of 5,000 patients in up to 75 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to lead wider...

  • Projects for personal budgets are announced. Kmietowicz, Zosia // BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;5/23/2009, Vol. 338 Issue 7705, p1231 

    The article reports that Great Britain's National Health Service has announced a trial of personal health budgets at 75 primary care trusts based upon recommendations in the report titled "High Quality Care for All," by health minister Ara Darzi, in the June 2008, vol. 337, issue. The program...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics