Unravelling referrals to medical outpatients.

  title={Unravelling referrals to medical outpatients.},
  author={Eleanor Molloy and James O'hare},
  journal={Irish medical journal},
  volume={96 5},
Little is known about the process of referral to Irish hospital outpatient medical clinics. We analysed pre-referral management, information quality and communication to a general medical outpatient clinic. 100 consecutive attendee referral letters were prospectively assessed for information, appropriateness, legibility and pre-referral management. Patients underwent a questionnaire. We documented the final diagnosis and management patterns. 16% of letters were largely illegible, Only 47% of… CONTINUE READING