Clinical neurophysiology referral patterns to a tertiary hospital--a prospective audit.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208878
Title:
Clinical neurophysiology referral patterns to a tertiary hospital--a prospective audit.
Authors:
Renganathan, R; O'Brien, S; Sweeney, B; Galvin, R; McNamara, B
Affiliation:
Department of Neurophysiology, Cork University Hospital, Ireland., howrurenga@yahoo.com
Citation:
Ir J Med Sci. 2004 Oct-Dec;173(4):211-4.
Journal:
Irish journal of medical science
Issue Date:
3-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208878
PubMed ID:
16323616
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: Cork University Hospital (CUH) provides a tertiary service for all neurophysiology referrals in the Southern Health Board region. AIM: To ascertain the number, source, symptoms and diagnosis of neurophysiology referrals at CUH. METHODS: We did a prospective audit of the referral patterns to the neurophysiology department over a 12 -week period. RESULTS: Of 635 referrals, 254 had electromyograms (EMG), 359 had electro-encephalograms (EEG), 18 had visual evoked potentials (VEP), three had somato-sensory evoked potentials (SSEP) and one had multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT). We analysed the demographic pattern, reason for referrals, the average waiting time for neurophysiology tests and the patterns of diagnosis in this audit. CONCLUSIONS: Patients from County Cork are making more use of the neurophysiology services than patients from other counties within the Southern Health Board. The average waiting time for an EEG was 32 days and for an EMG was 74 days. However, more than 35% of those patients waiting for an EEG or an EMG had their tests done within four weeks of referral. The appointments of EEG and EMG were assigned on the basis of clinical need.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Child; Child, Preschool; Diagnostic Techniques, Neurological/*utilization; Female; Humans; Infant; Ireland; Male; Middle Aged; *Neurophysiology; Physician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical data; Prospective Studies; Referral and Consultation/*statistics & numerical data
ISSN:
0021-1265 (Print); 0021-1265 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRenganathan, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorGalvin, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcNamara, Ben_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03T15:06:15Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-03T15:06:15Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-03T15:06:15Z-
dc.identifier.citationIr J Med Sci. 2004 Oct-Dec;173(4):211-4.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0021-1265 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0021-1265 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid16323616en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/208878-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Cork University Hospital (CUH) provides a tertiary service for all neurophysiology referrals in the Southern Health Board region. AIM: To ascertain the number, source, symptoms and diagnosis of neurophysiology referrals at CUH. METHODS: We did a prospective audit of the referral patterns to the neurophysiology department over a 12 -week period. RESULTS: Of 635 referrals, 254 had electromyograms (EMG), 359 had electro-encephalograms (EEG), 18 had visual evoked potentials (VEP), three had somato-sensory evoked potentials (SSEP) and one had multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT). We analysed the demographic pattern, reason for referrals, the average waiting time for neurophysiology tests and the patterns of diagnosis in this audit. CONCLUSIONS: Patients from County Cork are making more use of the neurophysiology services than patients from other counties within the Southern Health Board. The average waiting time for an EEG was 32 days and for an EMG was 74 days. However, more than 35% of those patients waiting for an EEG or an EMG had their tests done within four weeks of referral. The appointments of EEG and EMG were assigned on the basis of clinical need.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_GB
dc.subject.meshAdulten_GB
dc.subject.meshAgeden_GB
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and overen_GB
dc.subject.meshChilden_GB
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschoolen_GB
dc.subject.meshDiagnostic Techniques, Neurological/*utilizationen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshInfanten_GB
dc.subject.meshIrelanden_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Neurophysiologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshPhysician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshProspective Studiesen_GB
dc.subject.meshReferral and Consultation/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.titleClinical neurophysiology referral patterns to a tertiary hospital--a prospective audit.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Neurophysiology, Cork University Hospital, Ireland., howrurenga@yahoo.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish journal of medical scienceen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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