Micro-teams in primary care – opportunities and implications for continuity and for patients

BJGP Interviews

08-08-2023 • 12 mins

In this episode, we talk to Charlie Coombs who is a medical student and School for Primary Care Research intern working at University College London.

Title of paper: Opportunities, challenges and implications of primary care micro-teams for patients and healthcare professionals: an international systematic review

Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2022.0545

The number of GP practices in the UK has overall reduced, whilst individual practice size lists have increased. This systematic review uses a framework analysis to synthesis the current literature available around micro-teams as a potential intervention to mitigate compromised care in larger practices. This review highlights micro-teams as a structure of general practice to promote accessible healthcare delivery and moderate losses to continuity. Further research in whether continuity can be offered by a team instead of an individual is warranted in the implementation of micro-teams.

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