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.


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