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GPSI clinics snubbed

Patients would rather wait to see specialists than gain quick access to GPSIs, a new study

concludes.

The finding challenges a key plank of the argument behind wider GPSI use – that they improve patient satisfaction by reducing waiting times.

Patients rated a doctor's expertise as the most important factor in choosing a service, and waiting time as least important.

GPSIs would need to reduce waiting times by at least 2.1 months before being considered more attractive than specialist dermatology care, even assuming the thoroughness of care was the same.

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