Thuisarts.en provides millions of less huisartsbezoeken
The number of huisartsenbezoeken and phone consultations is greatly decreased since the introduction of the website thuisarts.nl. Research from the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and the Dutch general Practitioners Society (NHG), it appears that – spread over the country – 675.000 huisartsbezoeken less per month take place.
The number of calls to the doctor also took significantly. Also elderly people and people with a low socio-economic status know how to get to the website to find.
In the study, a distinction was made between chronic and non-chronic care, because the care may be reduced by recent changes in the chronic care. That turned out not to be so.
The more than six hundred medical topics thuisarts.nl the patient-oriented translations of scientific huisartsenrichtlijnen. Nine out of ten doctors use the website for information.
The influence of such a website on the use of care when the gp is according to the LUMC has not previously been investigated. Thuisarts.nl exists since march 2012 and has monthly approximately 1.6 million unique visitors.