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Identifying safe care processes when GPs work in or alongside emergency departments: a realist evaluation.

Cooper A, Carson-Stevens A, Edwards M, et al. Identifying safe care processes when GPs work in or alongside emergency departments: a realist evaluation. Br J Gen Pract. 2021;71(713):e931-e940. doi: 10.3399/BJGP.2021.0090

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December 15, 2021
Cooper A, Carson-Stevens A, Edwards M, et al. Br J Gen Pract. 2021;71(713):e931-e940.

In an effort to address increased patient demand and resulting patient safety concerns, England implemented a policy of general practitioners working in or alongside emergency departments. Thirteen hospitals using this service model were included in this study to explore care processes and patient safety concerns. Findings are grouped into three care processes: facilitating appropriate streaming decisions, supporting GPs’ clinical decision making, and improving communication between services.