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Will policy to constrain GP referrals damage health? Evidence using practice level NHS emergency admissions administrative data

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Attempts to control hospital expenditure by managing down General Practitioner (GP) referrals are reoccurring features of UK health policy. However, despite the best efforts of GPs to benchmark referral criteria, patient health may be damaged and other costs created by constraining referrals to targets. This paper adopts an indirect method to indicate whether rationing practice referrals may damage population health by distorting the use of health resources away from patients' interests. We u...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113666

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Primary Care Health Sciences
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Primary Care Health Sciences
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Science & Medicine Journal website
Volume:
270
Article number:
113666
Publication date:
2021-01-06
Acceptance date:
2020-12-28
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EISSN:
1873-5347
ISSN:
0277-9536
Pmid:
33445117
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1156629
Local pid:
pubs:1156629
Deposit date:
2021-02-25

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