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Duncan F, Baskin C, McGrath M, et al., 2021, Community interventions for improving adult mental health: mapping local policy and practice in England, BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol: 21
Baskin C, Koly Nahar K, Khanam MI, et al., 2021, Educational and training interventions aimed at healthcare workers in the detection and management of people with mental health conditions in South and South-East Asia: A systematic review, Frontiers Psychiatry
Background: To bridge significant mental health treatment gaps, it is essential that the healthcare workforce is able to detect and manage mental health conditions. We aim to synthesize evidence of effective educational and training interventions aimed at healthcare workers to increase their ability to detect and manage mental health conditions in South and South-East Asia. Methods: Systematic review of six electronic academic databases from January 2000 to August 2020 was performed. All primary research studies were eligible if conducted among healthcare workers in South and South-East Asia and reported education and training interventions to improve detection and management of mental health conditions. Quality of studies were assessed using Modified Cochrane Collaboration, ROBINS-I, and Mixed Methods Appraisal Tools and data synthesized by narrative synthesis. Results are reported according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis guidelines. A review protocol was registered with the PROSPERO database (CRD42020203955).Findings: We included 48 of 3654 screened articles. Thirty-six reported improvements in knowledge and skills in the detection and management of mental health conditions. Training was predominantly delivered to community and primary care health workers to identify and manage common mental health disorders. Commonly used training included the World Health Organization’s mhGAP guidelines (n=9) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (n=8) and were successfully tailored and delivered to healthcare workers. Digitally delivered training was found to be acceptable and effective. Only one study analyzed cost effectiveness. Few targeted severe mental illnesses and upskilling mental health specialists or offered long-term follow-up or supervision. We found 21 studies were appraised as low/moderate and 19 as high/ critical risk of bias. Interpretation: In low resource country settings, upskilling and capacity building of primary car
McGrath M, Duncan F, Dotsikas K, et al., 2021, Effectiveness of community interventions for protecting and promoting the mental health of working-age adults experiencing financial uncertainty: a systematic review, JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, Vol: 75, Pages: 665-673, ISSN: 0143-005X
Koly K, Baskin C, Ivy L, et al., 2021, A systematic review protocol of educational and training interventions aimed at healthcare workers in the detection and management of people with mental health conditions in South and South-East Asia, BMJ Open, ISSN: 2044-6055
Introduction: The mental health burden and treatment gap in South and South-East Asia is high and significant. Capacity building of healthcare workers is essential to support programmes related to the detection and management of patients with mental health conditions. We aim to conduct a systematic review to summarize the research on educational, training and capacity building interventions aimed at the healthcare workforce in detection and management of mental health conditions in South and South-East Asia.Objective: To synthesize evidence on (1) the types of educational and training interventions that have been used to improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of healthcare workers in South and South-East Asian countries in the detection and management of mental health conditions, (2) the effectiveness, including cost effectiveness of the interventions and (3) the enabling factors and barriers that influence the effectiveness of these interventions. Methods and analysis: This review will be conducted in accordance with PRIMSA-SR guidelines. We will search six electronic databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and Global Health for empirical studies published from 1 January 2000 to 31 August 2020. Search results from each database will be combined and uploaded in Covidence library. Title, abstract and full text screening, and data extraction of each included study will be performed by two independent reviewers. Disagreements between reviewers will be resolved by a third reviewer and study team. Quality of included studies will be assessed by the modified Cochrane Collaboration tool and ROBINS-I tool. Data will be synthesized and if a meta-analysis is not appropriate, a stepwise thematic analysis will be performed. Ethics and dissemination: Ethics approval is not required for this study. Findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed publications, fact sheets, multimedia press
Lee C, Kuhn I, McGrath M, et al., 2021, A systematic scoping review of community-based interventions for the prevention of mental ill-health and the promotion of mental health in older adults in the UK, HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, ISSN: 0966-0410
Baskin C, Zijlstra G, McGrath M, et al., 2021, Community-centred interventions for improving public mental health among adults from minority ethnic populations in the United Kingdom: a scoping review, BMJ Open, Vol: 11, ISSN: 2044-6055
Objectives Undertake a scoping review to determine the effectiveness of community-centred interventions designed to improve the mental health and well-being of adults from ethnic minority groups in the UK.Methods We searched six electronic academic databases for studies published between January 1990 and September 2019: Medline, Embase, PsychINFO, Scopus, CINAHL and Cochrane. For intervention description and data extraction we used the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews checklist and Template for Intervention Description and Replication guide. Quality was assessed using Cochrane risk of bias tools. Grey literature results were deemed beyond the scope of this review due to the large number of interventions and lack of available outcomes data.Results Of 4501 studies, 7 met the eligibility criteria of UK-based community interventions targeting mental health in adults from ethnic minority populations: four randomised controlled trials, one pre/post-pilot study, one cross-sectional study and one ethnographic study. Interventions included therapy-style sessions, peer-support groups, educational materials, gym access and a family services programme. Common components included a focus on tackling social isolation, using lay health workers from within the community, signposting and overcoming structural barriers to access. Four studies reported a statistically significant positive effect on mental health outcomes and six were appraised as having a high risk of bias. Study populations were ethnically heterogeneous and targeted people mainly from South Asia. No studies examined interventions targeting men.Conclusions There is a paucity of high-quality evidence regarding community-centred interventions focused on improving public mental health among ethnic minority groups. Decision makers need scientific evidence to inform effective approaches to mitigating health disparities. Our next steps are to map promising comm
Gardiner T, Abraham S, Clymer O, et al., 2021, Racial and ethnic health disparities in healthcare settings, BMJ: British Medical Journal, Vol: 372, Pages: 1-2, ISSN: 0959-535X
Koly KN, Baskin C, Lata I, et al., 2021, Educational and training interventions aimed at healthcare workers in the detection and management of people with mental health conditions in South and Southeast Asia: systematic review protocol, BMJ OPEN, Vol: 11, ISSN: 2044-6055
Younan H-C, Junghans C, Harris M, et al., 2020, Maximising the impact of social prescribing on population health in the era of COVID-19, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol: 113, Pages: 377-382, ISSN: 0141-0768
Baskin C, Zijlstra G, McGrath M, et al., 2020, Community interventions improving mental health in minority ethnic adults in the UK: a scoping review, 13th European Public Health Conference, Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS, Pages: V920-V920, ISSN: 1101-1262
Wang C, Bakhet M, Roberts D, et al., 2020, The efficacy of microlearning in improving self-care capability: a systematic review of the literature, PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol: 186, Pages: 286-296, ISSN: 0033-3506
Lee C, McGrath M, Remes O, et al., 2020, A SYSTEMATIC SCOPING REVIEW OF COMMUNITY-BASED INTERVENTIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH IN OLDER ADULTS, Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A66-A66, ISSN: 0143-005X
Duncan FH, McGrath M, Baskin C, et al., 2020, Delivery of community-centred public mental health interventions in diverse areas in England: a mapping study protocol, BMJ Open, Vol: 10, Pages: 1-7, ISSN: 2044-6055
Background Public mental health (PMH) is a global challenge and a UK priority area for action. However, to progress, practitioners require a stronger evidence base regarding the effectiveness of approaches, particularly regarding promotion and prevention through community-centred interventions. In addition, policy-makers need to understand what is being delivered, particularly in areas of high need, to identify promising practices or gaps in PMH provision. Finally, and importantly, the public need better information regarding what approaches and services are available to them. We report a protocol designed to (1) identify the types of community-centred interventions used in purposively selected diverse geographical areas of England to improve PMH outcomes and (2) describe the type, target population, content and outcome measures of each intervention.Methods and analysis Five local authority areas of England were selected based on either high social deprivation or differing ethnic population statistics and geographical locations. Community-centred interventions in each area will be identified through: (1) desk-based data capture from standardised searches of publicly-available information (eg, policy, strategy and intervention advertising), (2) established professional networks and service contacts, (3) chain-referral sampling of individuals involved in local mental health promotion and prevention and (4) peer researchers, who will use their personal experience and local knowledge to help identify potentially relevant organisations. Data on the key features of the interventions will be extracted from individuals either by structured interviews or by electronic questionnaires with information regarding the intervention(s) of which they have knowledge. Initial data analysis will involve tabulating descriptive information and grouping interventions according to intervention type, target population, risk/protective factor and intended primary outcome. A descriptive compa
Pang HY, Bakhet M, Gnani S, et al., 2019, Leveraging community assets to tackle social isolation and loneliness: a needs assessment of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Imperial SCARU, Publisher: Imperial College Business School, #19IC538
This study is an investigation of factors that influence the routine adoption and diffusion of evidence-based asset-based community development (ABCD) initiatives to combat social isolation and loneliness in the contemporary setting (using LBH&F as a case study)
El-Osta A, Webber D, Gnani S, et al., 2019, The Self-Care Matrix: a unifying framework for self-care, Self-Care, Vol: 10, Pages: 38-56, ISSN: 2042-7018
backgroundThere is resurgent interest in the concept and practice of self-care as a means to improve the health, wellness and wellbeing of individuals, and as an avenue to mitigate financial pressures and growing demands on health and social care systems worldwide. An ongoing challenge has been the lack of clarity on the specific nature and entire scope of self-care, coupled to a lack of a universal or widely accepted framework that could support the conceptualisation and study of self-care in its totality, in all settings and from different perspectives.objectivesTo advance a comprehensive yet pragmatic and widely accessible framework to support the conceptualisation of self-care in its totality, in order to facilitate the development, commissioning, evaluation and study of self-care initiatives across a variety of settings.Method and framework developmentA pragmatic review of the academic and lay literature was undertaken to identify extant theories and conceptual models of self-care. Following a content analysis, the models were characterised, and a configuration matrix was constructed to illustrate the key components and main themes of each model. These themes were organised into a number of domains which were grouped together into cardinal dimensions of self-care. The dimensions of self-care were consolidated in an inclusive framework and visually depicted on a schema to illustrate their inter-relationship.resultsWe identified a total of 32 candidate models, theories and frameworks of self-care. Characterising these models led to the identification of various themes and domains. These were found to naturally group into four cardinal dimensions of self-care: (1) Activities, (2) Behaviours, (3) Context, and (4) Environment. A new model was synthesised to illustrate the relationship between each dimension on a configuration matrix resulting in the creation of the Self-Care Matrix (SCM).conclusionThe Self-Care Matrix (SCM) is a useful framework that can be used to
El-Osta A, Webber D, Gnani S, et al., 2019, The Self-Care Matrix: a unifying frameowrk for self-care, SelfCare, Vol: 10, Pages: 38-56, ISSN: 2042-7018
BACKGROUND: There is resurgent interest in the concept and practice of self-care as a means to improve the health, wellness and wellbeing of individuals, and as an avenue to mitigate financial pressures and growing demands on health and social care systems worldwide. An ongoing challenge has been the lack of clarity on the specific nature and entire scope of self-care, coupled to a lack of a universal or widely accepted framework that could support the conceptualisation and study of selfcare in its totality, in all settings and from different perspectives. OBJECTIVES: To advance a comprehensive yet pragmatic and widely accessible framework to support the conceptualisation of self-care in its totality, in order to facilitate the development, commissioning, evaluation and study of self-care initiatives across a variety of settings. METHOD AND FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT: A pragmatic review of the academic and lay literature was undertaken to identify extant theories and conceptual models of self-care. Following a content analysis, the models were characterised, and a configuration matrix was constructed to illustrate the key components and main themes of each model. These themes were organised into a number of domains which were grouped together into cardinal dimensions of self-care. The dimensions of self-care were consolidated in an inclusive framework and visually depicted on a schema to illustrate their inter-relationship. RESULTS: We identified a total of 32 candidate models, theories and frameworks of self-care. Characterising these models led to the identification of various themes and domains. These were found to naturally group into four cardinal dimensions of self-care: (1) Activities, (2) Behaviours, (3) Context, and (4) Environment. A new model was synthesised to illustrate the relationship between each dimension on a configuration matrix resulting in the creation of the Self-Care Matrix (SCM). CONCLUSION: The Self-Care Matrix (SCM) is a useful framework that ca
In 2013, NHS England specified that: "‘... every person with a long-term condition or disability has a personalised care plan supporting them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health’.1"Around 40% of the UK population experience a long-term condition while 65% of people aged 65–84 years have two or more.2 This is an all-time high, with figures set to rise. This places significant personal, social, and economic burden on individuals, their families, and the community.The use of care plans to manage multiple long-term conditions — by assessing individual behaviour, setting joint goals, supporting self-management, and ensuring proactive follow-up — is based on Wagner’s Chronic Care Model.3 The model takes into account the need to provide support and structure to patients, and the fact that all long-term conditions have common challenges.Care planning has received extraordinary interest in the NHS. Policymakers endorse care planning as a way of containing high costs, encouraging a more person-centred approach, improving quality of life, and reducing mortality rates and emergency admissions to hospitals. But are care plans effective in this regard and what challenges do GP practices face in implementation?
Morton S, Hames R, Kelso I, et al., 2017, Does attending general practice prior to the emergency department change patient outcomes? A descriptive, observational study of one central London general practice, London Journal of Primary Care, Vol: 9, Pages: 28-32, ISSN: 1757-1480
Background: The challenge of keeping Emergency Department (ED) attendances down continues and timely access to general practice (GP) is often portrayed as a potential solution.Setting: One London general practice (registered population = 4900)Question: Does seeing a GP before attending the ED affect the outcome of a patient’s ED care?Methods: Routine clinical data were extracted using SystmOne primary care computer system for all registered patients with an ED attendance between 1 October 2014 and 31 September 2015. The scanned discharge summaries from the ED and GP notes were reviewed and outcome measures extracted.Results: 227 patients (121 female; 104 male) attended the ED. The most common presentation was abdominal pain (n = 11). 25% of patients had seen (n = 50), or contacted by phone (n = 6), a GP about the same presenting complaint before attending the ED. Of those, 73% (n = 41/56) were referred to the ED and 49% (n = 20/41) were admitted versus 33% (n = 60/184) who self-presented (statistically significant, p = 0.05). An additional 32% of those who saw the GP first (n = 13/41) received specialist ED treatment.Discussion/Conclusion: Only 25% of patients see their GP prior to attending the ED. The majority of patients who were referred by their GP required admission or specialised ED treatment. It remains unclear why the majority of patients did not choose to contact their GP prior to attending the ED, despite urgent appointments being offered; research into patients’ health beliefs in this group is required for greater understanding.
Morton S, Igantowicz A, Gnani S, et al., 2016, Describing team development within a novel GP-led urgent care centre model: a qualitative study, BMJ Open, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2044-6055
Objective: Urgent care centres (UCCs) co-located within an Emergency Department were developed to reduce the numbers of inappropriate emergency department admissions. Since then various UCCmodels have developed, including a novel general practitioner (GP)-led UCC that incorporates bothGPs and Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs). Traditionally these two groups do not workalongside each other within an emergency setting. Although good teamwork is crucial to better patient outcomes, there is little within the literature about the development of a team consisting of different healthcare professionals in a novel healthcare setting. Our aim was therefore to describe staff members’ perspectives of team development within the GP-led UCC model.Design: Open-ended semi-structured interviews, analysed using thematic content analysis.Setting: GP-led urgent care centres in two academic teaching hospitals in London.Participants: Fifteen UCC staff members including six GPs, four ENPs, two receptionists and threemanagers.Results: Overall participants were positive about the inter-professional team that had developedand recognised that this process had taken time. Hierarchy within the UCC setting has diminishedwith time, although some residual hierarchical beliefs do appear to remain. Staff appreciated interdisciplinarycollaboration was likely to improve patient care. Eight key facilitating factors for theteam were identified: appointment of leaders, perception of fair workload, education on roles/skillsets and development of these, shared professional understanding, inter-disciplinary working, EDcollaboration, clinical guidelines and social interactions.Conclusions: A strong inter-professional team has evolved within the GP-led UCCs over time,breaking down traditional professional divides. Future implementation of UCC models should proactivelyincorporate the eight facilitating factors identified from the outset, to enable effectiveteams to develop more quickly.
Gnani S, Morton S, Ramzan F, et al., 2016, Healthcare use among preschool children attending GP-led urgent care centres: a descriptive, observational study, BMJ Open, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2044-6055
Objective: Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) hours were developed with the aim of reducing inappropriate Emergency Department (ED) attendances in England. We aimed to examine the presenting complaint and outcomes of care in two General Practitioner (GP)-led UCCs with extended opening times. Design: Retrospective observational epidemiological study using routinely collected data.Setting: Two GP-led UCCs in London, co-located with a hospital ED.Participants: All children aged under 5 years attending two GP-led UCCs over a 3 year period. Outcomes: Outcomes of care for the children including; primary diagnosis; registration status with a GP; destination following review within the UCC and any medication prescribed. Comparison between GP-led UCC visit rates and routine general practices was also made.Results: 3% (n=7,747/282,947) of all attenders at the GP-led UCCs were children aged under 5 years. The most common reason for attendance was a respiratory illness (27%), followed by infectious illness (17%). 18% (n=1428) were either upper respiratory tract infections or viral infections. The majority (91%) of children attending were registered with a GP and over two thirds of attendances were ‘out of hours’. Overall 79% were seen and discharged home. Preschool children were more likely to attend their GP (47.0 per 100) than a GP-led UCC (9.4 per 100; 95% confidence interval: 8.9-10.0).Conclusions: Two thirds of preschool children attending GP-led UCCs do so out of hours, despite the majority being registered with a GP. The case mix is comparable to those presenting to an ED setting, with the majority managed exclusively by the GPs in the UCC before discharge home. Further work is required to understand the benefits of a GP-led urgent system in influencing future use of services especially emergency care.
Thomas S, Jenkins R, Burch T, et al., 2016, Promoting mental health and preventing mental illness in general practice, London Journal of Primary Care, Vol: 8, Pages: 3-9, ISSN: 1757-1472
This paper calls for the routine integration of mental health promotion and prevention into UK General Practice in order to reduce the burden of mental and physical disorders and the ensuing pressure on General Practice. The proposals & the resulting document (https://ethicscharity.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/rcgp_keymsg_150925_v5.pdf) arise from an expert ‘Think Tank’ convened by the London Journal of Primary Care, Educational Trust for Health Improvement through Cognitive Strategies (ETHICS Foundation) and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It makes 12 recommendations for General Practice: (1) Mental health promotion and prevention are too important to wait. (2) Work with your community to map risk factors, resources and assets. (3) Good health care, medicine and best practice are biopsychosocial rather than purely physical. (4) Integrate mental health promotion and prevention into your daily work. (5) Boost resilience in your community through approaches such as community development. (6) Identify people at increased risk of mental disorder for support and screening. (7) Support early intervention for people of all ages with signs of illness. (8) Maintain your biopsychosocial skills. (9) Ensure good communication, interdisciplinary team working and inter-sectoral working with other staff, teams and agencies. (10) Lead by example, taking action to promote the resilience of the general practice workforce. (11) Ensure mental health is appropriately included in the strategic agenda for your ‘cluster’ of General Practices, at the Clinical Commissioning Groups, and the Health and Wellbeing Board. (12) Be aware of national mental health strategies and localise them, including action to destigmatise mental illness within the context of community development.
Greenfield G, Ignatowicz A, Gnani S, et al., 2016, Staff perceptions on patient motives for attending GP-led urgent care centres in London: A qualitative study, BMJ Open, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2044-6055
Objectives General practitioner (GP)-led urgent care centres were established to meet the growing demand for urgent care. Staff members working in such centres are central in influencing patients’ choices about which services they use, but little is known about staff perceptions of patients’ motives for attending urgent care. We hence aimed to explore their perceptions of patients’ motives for attending such centres.Design A phenomenological, qualitative study, including semistructured interviews. The interviews were analysed using thematic content analysis.Setting 2 GP-led urgent care centres in 2 academic hospitals in London.Participants 15 staff members working at the centres including 8 GPs, 5 emergency nurse practitioners and 2 receptionists.Results We identified 4 main themes: ‘Confusion about choices’, ‘As if increase of appetite had grown; By what it fed on’, ‘Overt reasons, covert motives’ and ‘A question of legitimacy’. The participants thought that the centres introduce convenient and fast access for patients. So convenient, that an increasing number of patients use them as a regular alternative to their community GP. The participants perceived that patients attend the centres because they are anxious about their symptoms and view them as serious, cannot get an appointment with their GP quickly and conveniently, are dissatisfied with the GP, or lack self-care skills. Staff members perceived some motives as legitimate (an acute health need and difficulties in getting an appointment), and others as less legitimate (convenience, minor illness, and seeking quicker access to hospital facilities).Conclusions The participants perceived that patients attend urgent care centres because of the convenience of access relative to primary care, as well as sense of acuity and anxiety, lack self-care skills and other reasons. They perceived some motives as more legitimate than others. Attention to unmet ne
Greenfield G, Ramzan FA, Newson RB, et al., 2015, Frequent attendances to National Health Service general practitioner-led urgent care centres in London: an observational study, Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, Pages: S40-S40, ISSN: 0140-6736
Cowling TE, Ramzan F, Ladbrooke T, et al., 2015, Referral outcomes of attendances at general practitioner-led urgent care centres in London, England: retrospective analysis of hospital administrative data, Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol: 33, Pages: 200-207, ISSN: 1472-0213
ABSTRACTObjective To identify patient and attendance characteristics that are associated with onwards referral to co-located emergency departments (EDs) or other hospital specialty departments from general practitioner-led urgent care centres (UCCs) in northwest London, England.Methods We conducted a retrospective analysis of administrative data recorded in the UCCs at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals, in northwest London, from October 2009 to December 2012. Attendances made by adults resident in England were included. Logistic regression was used to model the associations between the explanatory variables – age; sex; ethnicity; socioeconomic status; area of residence; distance to UCC; general practitioner registration; time, day, quarter, year, and UCC of attendance – and the outcome of onwards referral to the co-located EDs or other hospital specialty departments.Results Of 243 042 included attendances, 74.1% were managed solely within the UCCs; without same-day referral to the EDs (16.8%) or other hospital specialty departments (5.7%), or deferred referral to a fracture, hand management, or soft tissue injury management clinic (3.3%). The adjusted odds of onwards referral was estimated to increase by 19% (OR 1.19, 95% CI 1.18 to 1.19) for a ten year increase in a patient’s age. Males, patients registered with a GP, and residents of less socioeconomically deprived areas were also more likely to be referred onwards from the UCCs.Conclusions The majority of patients, across each category of all explanatory variables, were managed solely within the UCCs, though a large absolute number of patients were referred onwards each year. Several characteristics of patients and their attendances were associated with the outcome variable.
Douglas-Pannett L, Gnani S, 2015, Will Having a Named General Practitioner for Older People Improve Care and Reduce Hospital Admissions in England?, JOURNAL OF AMBULATORY CARE MANAGEMENT, Vol: 38, Pages: 10-15, ISSN: 0148-9917
Ismail SA, Gibbons DC, Gnani S, 2013, Reducing inappropriate accident and emergency department attendances: a systematic review of primary care service interventions, BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, Vol: 63, Pages: E813-E820, ISSN: 0960-1643
Cowling TE, Ramzan F, Majeed A, et al., 2013, Attendances at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals’ urgent care centres, 2009-12, BMJ, Vol: 347
Gnani S, Ladbrooke T, Millington H, et al., 2012, Evaluation of a general practitioner-led urgent care centre in an urban setting: description of service model and plan of analysis
Estimates of patients attending with conditions deemed non-urgent or inappropriate for accident and emergency services vary widely, from 6% to 80%. Previous research suggests that general practitioners working in emergency departments can reduce referral rates, diagnostic testing, the proportion of patients who become emergency hospital admissions, and inappropriate attendances. However, none of this previous research is recent and new models of care for general practitioners working in emergency departments have now been developed, which remain to be evaluated. In this paper, we describe an integrated urgent care model, which was commissioned by NHS Hammersmith and Fulham in 2009 to manage the rising number of urgent attendances at local hospitals and its associated evaluation. The evaluation will include examining the effect of the system on outcomes such as utilisation of diagnostic tests and effect on unplanned hospital admissions. If the new model of care is shown to be both clinically effective and cost-effective, the model and the proposed plan of evaluation will also be helpful to other areas that are considering the introduction of similar models of general practitioner-led urgent care.
Amiel C, Williams B, Ramzan F, et al., 2012, Reasons for attending an urban urgent care centre with minor illness: a questionnaire study, Emergency Medical Journal
The demand for urgent care is increasing and the pressure on emergency departments is of significant concern. General Practitioner (GP) led urgent care centres are a new model of care developed to divert patients to more appropriate primary care environments. This study explores why patients with minor illness choose to attend an urban urgent care centre for their health care needs.
Gnani S, McDonald H, Islam AFMS, et al., 2012, Patterns of healthcare use among adolescents attending an urban general practitioner led urgent care centre, Emergency Medical Journal
Adolescence is a time of increasing health and peak fitness, but also of increasing health risks. In the UK, primary care is free at the point of access, yet adolescents aged 10 to 19 years are the lowest users of primary care services, and disproportionately high users of emergency services. The effect of new general practitioner (GP) led urgent care centres in meeting the needs of adolescents are unknown.
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