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Clinical Focus Volume 2 N2

General Practitioner with a Special Interest in Vascular Disease – a vital role

Abstract

The increasing sub specialisation of hospital consultants is inevitable as postgraduate training shortens and our individual clinical results become available. In this article I argue that this specialisation disrupts the care of a patient with vascular disease. The same atherosclerotic disease process may result in a patient attending secondary care to see: cardiologists, vascular surgeons, nephrologists, stroke physicians and hypertension teams. These specialists will be in separate Directorates and are unlikely to communicate well with each other. The GPwSI in Vascular Disease is ideally placed to conduct this talented but disparate orchestra of Hospital Specialists! Nor need the GP feel isolated -the proposed new role of Medical Care Specialist (UK version of the American Physicians’ Assistant) could support their work (http://www.wise.nhs.uk/sites/ workforce/practitioners/medical/default.aspx).

Additional Info

  • Authors: MJS Dennis
  • Keywords: General Practitioner, vascular disease, primary care, community care
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