A Review Of Referral Patterns For Sagittal Synostosis In Ireland: 2008-2013

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/622785
Title:
A Review Of Referral Patterns For Sagittal Synostosis In Ireland: 2008-2013
Authors:
Berney, M J; McGillivary, A; Caird, J; Murray, D J
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Jan-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/622785
Abstract:
Sagittal synostosis (SS) is the commonest form of craniosynostosis. Children with sagittal synostosis in Ireland are treated in the National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre (NPCC) in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. This retrospective study analysed the correlation between referral patterns to the unit and age at operation. The notes of 81 patients referred over a 5 year period (April 2008 – April 2013) to the NPCC with non-syndromic SS were reviewed and demographics and referral information were recorded. Of 81 patients reviewed, 60 (74%) were referred before 6 months of age, while 21 (26%) had late referrals. Neonatologists referred 100% of infants before 6 months, paediatricians referred 71%, and GPs 64%. Later referral was associated with a more complex referral pathway, including multiple-steps of referral and unnecessary investigations. Improved clinician knowledge and emphasis on the importance of early referral may lead to a reduction in late referrals.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBerney, M Jen
dc.contributor.authorMcGillivary, Aen
dc.contributor.authorCaird, Jen
dc.contributor.authorMurray, D Jen
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-12T09:56:22Z-
dc.date.available2018-02-12T09:56:22Z-
dc.date.issued2018-01-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/622785-
dc.description.abstractSagittal synostosis (SS) is the commonest form of craniosynostosis. Children with sagittal synostosis in Ireland are treated in the National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre (NPCC) in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. This retrospective study analysed the correlation between referral patterns to the unit and age at operation. The notes of 81 patients referred over a 5 year period (April 2008 – April 2013) to the NPCC with non-syndromic SS were reviewed and demographics and referral information were recorded. Of 81 patients reviewed, 60 (74%) were referred before 6 months of age, while 21 (26%) had late referrals. Neonatologists referred 100% of infants before 6 months, paediatricians referred 71%, and GPs 64%. Later referral was associated with a more complex referral pathway, including multiple-steps of referral and unnecessary investigations. Improved clinician knowledge and emphasis on the importance of early referral may lead to a reduction in late referrals.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.titleA Review Of Referral Patterns For Sagittal Synostosis In Ireland: 2008-2013en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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