Paediatric emergency department referrals from primary care
Erin Turbitt, Gary Lee Freed
Australian Health Review | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2016
Background Over the last decade, paediatric referrals from general practitioners (GPs) to the emergency department (ED) have increased by 60% in Australia. Objective To investigate the characteristics of Victorian children referred by GPs to the ED with lower-urgency conditions. Method Data were collected from four hospital EDs in Victoria, May-November 2014. Parents attending the ED with their child triaged as lower urgency were surveyed. Descriptive, frequency, and bivariate analyses were performed. Results Of the 1150 responses, 28% (320) visited their GP before attending ED. Of these 66% (212), were referred by their GP. A greater proportion with injury than illness (84% vs 59%; P<0.0001..View full abstract
The study was funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Inner North-west Medicare Local and the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local. We thank the participants for their time and wish to thank Gemma Catley for administrative assistance.