OBJECTIVE: In the past 10 years, there has been a decrease in the number of patients who report to the Emergency Department (ED) every year for injuries from accidents or violence, especially in the subgroup of patients who did not require hospital admission. We investigated how the number of injury-related emergency department visits and GP contacts evolved over the period 2013-2017. DESIGN: Retrospective observational trend study. METHOD: To calculate the trend in emergency department visits in the Netherlands, we used data from the injury information system (LIS) for the period 2013-2017. To calculate the trend in GP contacts (GP practices as well as GP centres), we used data from the NivelZorgregistraties (Nivel medical records). In order to compare the trends, we distinguished between minor and major injuries. The numbers from the records were extrapolated to numbers for the whole of the Netherlands. RESULTS: In the period studied, the number of patients with minor injuries who visited the ED dropped by 38.5%, while the number of patients with major injuries (fractures and brain injuries) increased by 4.1%. In the same period, the number of GP contacts for minor injuries at GP practices increased by 25% and at GP centres by 43%; the number of primary care contacts for major injuries increased by 5.1% (GP practices) and 31% (GP centres) respectively. CONCLUSION: The role of general practitioners in the treatment of patients with minor injuries is increasing. The trend in major injuries is a better indicator for monitoring accidents and violence in the Netherlands. Conflict of interest and financial support: none declared.

Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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