Smoothing the passage of patients from primary care to specialist respiratory opinion

Louise O'Byrne, Camilla Darlow, Nicola Roberts, Graeme Wilson, Martyn R. Partridge

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    Abstract

    This research aimed to assess whether information in general practitioner (GP) referral letters provides a basis for selection of diagnostic tests in patients. We undertook a prospective study within a respiratory outpatients department to compare the diagnostic tests planned at three stages of the referral/specialist consultation process: i) using the GP referral letter alone; ii) using the referral letter and patient history; iii) using the referral letter, patient history, and clinical examination.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-253
    Number of pages6
    JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

    Keywords

    • respiratory disease
    • patient care
    • GP referrals

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