19 Nov What’s new in – GP research
A randomised cluster trial shows how challenging it is to stop antidepressants. Patients and GPs are apprehensive even when prescribing falls outside of guidelines.
A system where all patients have a telephone call with their GP before an appointment decreased the number of face-to-face consultations but increased telephone consultations. There was an overall 8% increase in the time GPs spent consulting, though there was large variation across practices.
A cross sectional survey of Irish GPs shows the majority welcome point-of-care testing but the financial cost and time constraints remain significant limitations.
The RCGP has launched a formal global network that aims for success by building on an evidence-based approach to network success and international collaboration.