Facsimile communication between emergency departments and GPs, and patient data confidentiality.
DM Taylor, J Chappell-Lawrence, IS Graham
Med J Aust | Published : 1997
OBJECTIVE: To assess general practitioners' perceptions of the effectiveness of facsimile notification of their patients being admitted from the emergency department (ED), and its adequacy in terms of patient confidentiality. DESIGN: Questionnaire survey, before and after the initiation of facsimile notification. SETTING: A provincial community of approximately 120,000 residents in Victoria. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Changes in GPs' ratings of communication with the ED; acceptability of facsimile notification; and concerns about patient confidentiality. RESULTS: 77 of 85 GPs participated; only 44 (57.1%) returned both questionnaires. ED-GP communication ratings of "adequate" or better increased..View full abstract