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Clinical Focus Volume 3 N2

Can Specialist General Practitioners provide an alternative to ENT specialists? A comparison of referrals and clinical management of patients between hospital and intermediate care clinics

Abstract

Objective:

To compare the referral patterns and clinical management of patients seen by GPwSIs with patients seen in traditional hospital ENT clinics.

Design:

A retrospective analysis of data from the clinical notes of 337 patients seen by GPwSIs in a primary care trust compared to a randomly selected sample from a neighbouring primary care trust seen by consultants or specialist registrars in hospital.

Setting:

ENT clinics run by GPwSIs in ENT in a community intermediate treatment and diagnostic centre and traditional ENT outpatients clinics run by consultants from a teaching hospital secondary care trust.

Participants:

337 patients from Bradford South & West PCT seen by GPwSIs and 338 patients from Bradford North Primary Care Trust seen by either a consultant or specialist registrar.

Main Outcome Measures:

Referral rates, clinical presentation and subsequent management of patients.

Additional Info

  • Authors: D Strachan, J Wright, E Warren, R Stephenson, D Rout, A McElligott, J Frewer & C Raine
  • Keywords: General Practitioners with a Special Interest (GPwSI) ENT; ENT Consultants; Clinical outcome; Intermediate Care Clinics
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