Evidence to Support Spread of Group Consultations

Group consultations is a relatively new clinical practice. We have brought together the evidence base here for those who want a quick review and those who want to dig deeper.

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A Quick Guide to the Evidence

If you want a quick tour of the evidence, read the following papers to get started:

Hayhoe’s BMJ article summarises the literature for group clinics succinctly and is very helpful quick read and introduction: https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j4034

Kirsch et al’s 2017 realist review explains why group clinics work and outcomes are improving: https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-017-2064-z

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Group Consultations Evidence: A Quick Guide

This resource signposts the most recent key references that outline the impact of group consultations.

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Group Consultations: Summary of the Benefits for Patients

This infographic summarises the international evidence base for the benefits group consultations create for patients.

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Group Consultations: Summary of the Benefits for Health and Care Systems

This infographic summarises the international evidence base for the benefits group consultations create for health and care systems.

More Detail

If you want more detail about the evidence base, read the following papers:

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Group Consultations Bibliography

This resource provides you with over fifty references you can explore outlining the benefits of applying group consultations as a new model of care.

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Independent Evaluation of Group Consultation Pilot in Croydon

This independent evaluation of group consultations in primary care was conducted after ELC trained 6 Croydon GP practices in 2016.

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The Evidence for the Effectiveness, Appropriateness and Feasibility of Group Clinics for Patients with Chronic Conditions

This NIHR funded 2015 systematic review of the evidence was conducted by The School for Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.

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Education Commissioners’ Summary North West General Practice Nurse Group Consultation Programme

In 2017, The ELC Programme was commissioned by Health Education England to undertake evaluation of the impact of group consultations training and of changes in general practice nurses’ experiences of care. Download a summary here for recommendations about how to specify training commissions.

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System Leaders’ Summary North West General Practice Nurse Group Consultation Programme

In 2017, The ELC Programme was commissioned by Health Education England to undertake evaluation of the impact of group consultations training and of changes in general practice nurses’ experiences of care. Download a summary here for recommendations about how to make the most of group consultations at system level.