Morbidity, mortality and missed appointments in healthcare: a national retrospective data linkage study.

Affiliation

General Practice and Primary Care, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, MVLS, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 9LX, UK. [Email]

Abstract

Recently, studies have examined the underlying patient and practice factors for missed appointments, but less is known about the impact on patient health. People with one or more long-term conditions who fail to attend appointments may be at risk of premature death. This is the first study to examine the effect of missed primary healthcare appointments on all-cause mortality in those with long-term mental and physical health conditions.

Keywords

Missed appointments,administrative data,health inequalities,health promotion,health utilisation,long-term conditions,morbidity,mortality,primary care,social vulnerability,