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.
- respiratory disease
- patient care
- GP referrals
O'Byrne, L., Darlow, C., Roberts, N., Wilson, G., & Partridge, M. R. (2010). Smoothing the passage of patients from primary care to specialist respiratory opinion. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 19(3), 248-253. https://doi.org/10.4104/pcrj.2010.00028