How missing doctor’s appointments increases the risk of death

Missing GP appointments is associated with early death, and those with long-term mental health conditions are at particular risk. In the largest study of its kind, the team examined over 500,000 patients’ appointment histories in Scotland, tracked for three years between 2013 and 2016. Patients with mental-health conditions had an eight times greater risk of death and those with physical conditions a threefold increase in all cause mortality.

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