Achieving continuity of care in general practice: the impact of patient enrolment on health outcomes

Mark F Harris and Joel Rhee
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51508
Published online: 16 May 2022

The search for a cost‐effective Australian model of comprehensive, coordinated patient‐centred care that improves outcomes continues

Continuity of care has long been regarded as a core characteristic of general practice.1 It is thought important because it encourages more appropriate and proactive use of health care services (including hospital care), improves communication between doctors and patients, reduces inconsistency of care, and increases the chances of early diagnosis and effective management of long term conditions. Continuity of care is also associated with greater patient satisfaction, self‐management, and chronic disease management, as well as with fewer hospitalisations and lower mortality.2,3

  • Mark F Harris1
  • Joel Rhee2

  • 1 Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW


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