Journal article

Paediatrician perceptions of patient referral and discharge

Gary L Freed, Erin Turbitt, Sarah Gafforini, Marina Kunin

Australian Health Review | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2017

Abstract

Objective The aim of the present study was to determine the factors involved in the decision of paediatric specialists to discharge patients back to their primary care provider following referral. Return of patients to primary care, when medically appropriate, is essential to provide efficient care to children given the limited workforce of paediatric subspecialists in Australia. Methods Data were compiled from a self-completed mail survey of all paediatricians in five specialties at two children's hospitals in Melbourne (n=81). Analysis involved frequency distributions and descriptive analyses, followed by bivariate analyses to determine the differences, if any, among respondents based on t..

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