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Br J Gen Pract. Apr 2002; 52(477): 317–319.
PMCID: PMC1314275

Patient, hospital, and general practitioner characteristics associated with non-attendance: a cohort study.


Studies examining characteristics of non-attendance at hospital outpatients have given inconsistent results. We examined a cohort of 1972 referrals from 26 general practitioners, with complete follow-up. Five factors were found to be significantly associated with non-attendance: male sex, younger age, longer interval between referral and appointment, higher Jarman score and patients of a high-referring general practitioner. Targeting of strategies to reduce non-attendance is possible using these results.

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