Shifting outpatient services to primary care doesn't hurt patient safety

Moving hospital outpatient services to primary care comes at no cost to patient safety, according to a study from the United Kingdom's National Institute for Health Research that was published in Health Services and Delivery Research. Researchers conducted an analysis involving both their own substudies and prior research and found specialist treatment in a community or primary care setting was popular among patients, but the cost implications of such a shift were unclear. However, the research also found evidence contradicting a 2016 study that found moving minor surgery to primary care settings reduced safety and quality. Study abstract