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Primary care referrals of patients with potentially serious diseases to the emergency department or a quick diagnosis unit: a cross-sectional retrospective study

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Title
Primary care referrals of patients with potentially serious diseases to the emergency department or a quick diagnosis unit: a cross-sectional retrospective study
Published in
BMC Family Practice, April 2014
DOI 10.1186/1471-2296-15-75
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Xavier Bosch, Ona Escoda, David Nicolás, Emmanuel Coloma, Sara Fernández, Antonio Coca, Alfonso López-Soto

Abstract

In Spain, primary healthcare (PHC) referrals for diagnostic procedures are subject to long waiting-times, and physicians and patients often use the emergency department (ED) as a shortcut. We aimed to determine whether patients evaluated at a hospital outpatient quick diagnosis unit (QDU) who were referred to ED from 12 PHC centers could have been directly referred to QDU, thus avoiding ED visits. As a secondary objective, we determined the proportion of QDU patients who might have been evaluated in a less rapid, non-QDU setting.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 22 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 27%
Student > Master 5 23%
Researcher 4 18%
Other 2 9%
Unspecified 1 5%
Other 2 9%
Unknown 2 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 11 50%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 9%
Social Sciences 2 9%
Decision Sciences 1 5%
Other 2 9%
Unknown 2 9%