Medico‐legal risks associated with fragmented care in general practice

Jack Marjot, Georgie Haysom and Penny Browne
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51205
Published online: 6 September 2021

Fragmented patient care can lead to missed diagnoses, inappropriate prescribing and failure of preventive medicine

“Continuity of care” refers to the holistic management of a patient by a single practitioner, or a well integrated network of practitioners in close communication. The definition of fragmented care is not established, but here we consider it to be three or more different general practitioners managing the same underlying condition or presenting complaint.

  • Jack Marjot
  • Georgie Haysom
  • Penny Browne

  • Avant Mutual, Sydney, NSW

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