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- Accident & Emergency
- General Paediatrics
- Paediatric Practice
- Patient perspective
- Health services research
London has some of the highest rates of emergency department (ED) attendance in the country, and with visits increasing,1 there is a constant pressure to meet clinical quality indicators.
This study looks at frequent ED attenders and attempts to understand their patterns of service use. We hoped to explore whether with a more integrated approach to care, we might be able to target this cohort and reduce their ED attendance rates through community-based interventions.
We chose an inner London GP surgery which lies in an area of deprivation and high ethnic diversity, listed all attendances to the local paediatric ED from this practice over a year to identify the frequent attenders and then reviewed this cohort's GP contacts both within …
Contributors DJH: Study design; data collection, analysis and interpretation; draft and revision of the article; approval of final version for submission. JF: Study conception; data collection, analysis and interpretation; critical revision of the article for intellectual content; approval of final version for submission. MW: Data analysis and interpretation; critical revision of the article for intellectual content; approval of final version for submission. RK (guarantor): Study conception; data analysis and interpretation; drafting and critical revision of the article for important intellectual content; approval of final version for submission.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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