Paper of the year Prize

Paper of the year Prize

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

We are delighted that a research paper from our own Professor Philip Wilson has won The Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year prize for Health Services Research.

The research used data linkage to assess the association of missed appointments in general practice with morbidity and mortality. The most striking finding was that missing appointments more than twice per year is an extremely strong risk factor for dying (annual mortality about 5%), and there is an increased risk independent of the amount of known morbidity that a person has. People who miss appointments frequently but who have no known physical morbidity have a markedly increased risk of dying young, and from non-natural causes.

The research team consisted of Prof Philip Wilson from our School, Dr Andrea Williamson, Dr Ross McQueenie and Prof Alex McConnachie from the University of Glasgow and Dr David Ellis from Lancaster University. Congratulations to the team!

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