'Heads you win, tails I lose': a critical incident study of GPs' decisions about emergency admission referrals.

@article{Dempsey2002HeadsYW,
  title={'Heads you win, tails I lose': a critical incident study of GPs' decisions about emergency admission referrals.},
  author={Owen P Dempsey and Hilary L. Bekker},
  journal={Family practice},
  year={2002},
  volume={19 6},
  pages={
          611-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND Acute hospital Trusts' inability to cope with the numbers of emergency admissions has led to the production of guidelines by the Department of Health aimed at reducing inappropriate admissions by GPs. There is a paucity of research describing GPs' decisions to (not) admit patients and it is unclear how effective these guidelines are in changing these practices. OBJECTIVE To describe GPs' decision-making about referrals for emergency hospital admissions. METHODS Observational… CONTINUE READING

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