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World survey rates UK general practice highly

10th November 2011

The UK has been rated as the best in caring for patients with complex problems in an international survey of 11 high-income countries.

The 2011 Commonwealth Fund health policy survey of primary care-centred healthcare systems found UK general practice scored highest for quality of care, co-ordination of care, ease of access, the unique patient-doctor relationship and value for money.

The UK performance was measured against Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States across a set of five main areas with the UK finishing top, equal top, or near the top in most of the 27 indicators.

RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada said: “This is wonderful news for primary care and for patients.

"The Commonwealth Fund Survey shows yet again that the excellent work carried out by GPs in the UK is recognised worldwide, leading the field in providing quality, joined-up care.”

The survey covered more than 18,000 adults who were in fair or poor health, had been hospitalised, had major surgery or serious illness in the past year with the result published in the journal Health Affairs.

For the UK, 88% of respondents felt care quality was excellent or very good; 81% said they had a health professional they could easily call for advice; 69% reported good patient-doctor engagement in care management for chronic conditions; 77% said that their regular doctor encouraged questions and explained things clearly; and 79% were able to see a doctor or nurse on the same or next day.


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