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Could technology transform GP consultations?

The way we interact with our GPs could be transformed thanks to a new £458,000 project exploring whether consultations could be conducted via email, text message, telephone or via the internet.

A group of researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Oxford, Edinburgh and Exeter have received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to investigate whether there are alternatives to face-to-face consultations that will not only reduce GP workload but also benefit patients.

The research aims to learn lessons about the perceived advantages and disadvantages of alternatives to face-to-face consultations, and why these alternatives have not been used more widely in general practice.