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Choosing and booking – and attending? Impact of an electronic booking system on outpatient referrals and non-attendances

Posted on 30 September 2015

CHE's latest Research Paper 116 written by Mark Dusheiko and Hugh Grant

CHE Research Paper 116 cover

An electronic booking system (Choose and Book – C&B) for general practices making hospital outpatient appointments was introduced in England in 2005 and by 2009 accounted for 50% of appointments. It was intended, inter alia, to reduce the rate of non-attendance at outpatient appointments (7.1% in 2004). We test whether it did so using a 2004-2009 panel with 7900 English general practices. We estimate that the use of C&B was associated with a reduction in nonattendances of 85,600 (15.8%) and a reduction in referrals of 358,000 (3%) in 2009.

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