Regular GP attenders

East MidlandsGeneric Health Relevance
Published Date: 1 Nov 2011

Regular GP attenders

Who?

Frequent attenders in primary care

Findings

• Frequent attenders have a disproportionate impact on GPs’ clinical workload. About 11% of consultations are with 3% of people who see their GPs once or more per month on average.

• Many of the most frequent attenders have high degrees of health anxiety, somatisation, depression or general anxiety, often with a range of chronic physical health problems.

• Health anxiety is worsened by increased access to a greater range of health professionals and improves when access is restricted to one or more health professionals who adopt a consistent approach.

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