Understanding hospital referral rates: a user's guide.

  title={Understanding hospital referral rates: a user's guide.},
  author={Martin O. Roland and Jenny Bartholomew and D C Morrell and Anne McDermott and Emanuel Paul},
  volume={301 6743},
Detailed referral information from one practice was used to investigate the effect of calculating referral rates in several different ways. Referral rates for individual general practitioners should be related to the number of consultations carried out and not to the number of registered patients; for whole practices list size may be used as the denominator. Most doctors will not need to control for age and sex of patients when comparing referral rates but may need to control for case mix when… CONTINUE READING

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