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Setting: A children’s hospital and referring general practices in South-West England.1
Patients: All children newly referred to the above children’s hospital as outpatients.
Exposure: Non-attendance at hospital appointments.
Outcomes: Likelihood of coming from deprived background or having a child protection alert on file.
Study cohort: General practitioners from practices with notably high or low non-attendance rates at hospital appointments.
Approach: Semistructured interviews.
Themes: Communication of non-attendance from secondary to primary care, coding of non-attendance within primary care records, primary care approaches to non-attendance at hospital appointments.
5.7% of children failed to attend their hospital appointments. Rates were highest for endocrinology, dermatology and neurology appointments (11.4%, 11.2% …
Contributors The abstract and commentary were both written by AJF.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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