In a Time of Crisis, a City Fights Isolation

Dr. Julian Abel, a retired palliative care consultant, said the results in Frome of fostering human relationships and a more compassionate community as a part of medical care amounted to “a medical miracle.”

It was Dr. Abel who got access to local medical data in 2018 and published a report, peer-reviewed and published by the British Journal of General Practice, showing that from 2013 to 2017, when the program was underway, emergency hospital admissions in Frome fell by 14 percent while they rose by 29 percent in the broader county of Somerset, even though the demographics are similar.

“There are no other interventions which have ever reduced population emergency admissions like this,” he said.”

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