Peripheral outpatient clinics: use, costs, and benefits.
Goldacre MJ., Gatherer A.
A census was taken of outpatient bookings at all hospitals and health centres in Oxfordshire for the main medical and surgical specialities. Nine per cent of all bookings were to peripheral clinics (that is, those outsie the two main medical centres at Oxford and Banbury). About half of all bookings in the area were made to clinics within three of four miles of the patients' homes. The work load at peripheral clinics was mainly local: 75% of all patients at these clinics lived in the town or parishes adjacent to the town where the clinic was held. Peripheral clinics were associated with a lower work load at central clinics, but a higher overall work load from the town in which they were sited.