The value of appropriate assessment prior to specialist referral in men with prostatic symptoms.
AffiliationDepartment of Urology, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin 4, Republic of, Ireland. email@example.com
Health Status Indicators
Medicine/*statistics & numerical data
Referral and Consultation/*statistics & numerical data
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CitationIr J Med Sci. 2009 Sep;178(3):281-5. Epub 2009 Apr 15.
JournalIrish journal of medical science
AbstractBACKGROUND: Referrals to Urology OPD of men with a likely diagnosis of BPH are common. AIMS: To review referrals to OPD of men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) to establish how many could have been managed without specialist assessment. METHODS: We reviewed records of 200 male patients referred to OPD with LUTS. We assessed whether the referral source had performed digital rectal examination (DRE), International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), Bother Score or PSA level. RESULTS: 74% of patients were referred by GPs. In 31.5% of cases DRE was performed prior to referral. One GP had completed an IPSS, none a Bother Score. 96% had a PSA checked before OPD. Ultimately, 88.5% of our patients were diagnosed with BPH. CONCLUSIONS: With better pre-assessment in the form of DRE, IPSS and Bother Score, allied to a PSA check, many patients with LUTS could be managed in a primary care setting.