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dc.contributor.authorSkarshaug, Lena Janita
dc.contributor.authorSvedahl, Ellen Rabben
dc.contributor.authorBjørngaard, Johan Håkon
dc.contributor.authorSteinsbekk, Aslak
dc.contributor.authorPape, Kristine
dc.identifier.citationScandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 2019, 37 (3), 283-293.nb_NO
dc.description.abstractObjectives: To assess contacts with general practitioners (GPs), both regular GPs and out-of-hours GP services (OOH) during the year before an emergency hospital admission. Design: Longitudinal design with register-based information on somatic health care contacts and use of municipality health care services. Setting: Four municipalities in central Norway, 2012–2013. Subjects: Inhabitants aged 50 and older admitted to hospital for acute myocardial infarction, hip fracture, stroke, heart failure, or pneumonia. Main outcome measures: GP contact during the year and month before an emergency hospital admission. Results: Among 66,952 identified participants, 720 were admitted to hospital for acute myocardial infarction, 645 for hip fracture, 740 for stroke, 399 for heart failure, and 853 for pneumonia in the two-year study period. The majority of these acutely admitted patients had contact with general practitioners each month before the emergency hospital admission, especially contacts with a regular GP. A general increase in GP contact was observed towards the time of hospital admission, but development differed between the patient groups. Patients admitted with heart failure had the steepest increase of monthly GP contact. A sizable percentage did not contact the regular GP or OOH services the last month before admission, in particular men aged 50–64 admitted with myocardial infarction or stroke. Conclusion: The majority of patients acutely admitted to hospital for different common severe emergency diagnoses have been in contact with GPs during the month and year before the admission. This points towards general practitioners having an important role in these patients’ health care.nb_NO
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisnb_NO
dc.rightsNavngivelse-Ikkekommersiell 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleContact with primary health care physicians before an acute hospitalisationnb_NO
dc.typeJournal articlenb_NO
dc.typePeer reviewednb_NO
dc.source.journalScandinavian Journal of Primary Health Carenb_NO
dc.relation.projectNorges forskningsråd: 256579nb_NO
dc.description.localcode© 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.nb_NO
cristin.unitnameInstitutt for samfunnsmedisin og sykepleie
cristin.unitnamePH - Kompetansesenteret for sikkerhets, -fengsels- og rettspsykiatri

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