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dc.contributor.authorHughes, P
dc.contributor.authorBeddy, P
dc.contributor.authorSheehy, N
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-06T15:48:46Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-06T15:48:46Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03en
dc.identifier.citationOpen-access ultrasound referrals from general practice. 2015, 108 (3):90-2 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102en
dc.identifier.pmid25876304en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559069en
dc.description.abstractDirect access referral for radiological investigations from General Practice (GP) provides an indispensable diagnostic tool and avoids the inherently long waiting time that referral through a hospital based specialty would entail. Improving access to hospital based radiology services is one of Health Information and Quality Authority's key recommendations in its report on patient referrals from general practice. This study aimed to review all GP referrals for ultrasound investigations to a tertiary referral teaching hospital over a seven month period with respect to their demographics, waiting times and diagnostic outcomes. 1,090 ultrasounds originating in general practice were carried out during the study period. Positive findings were recorded in 332 (30.46%) examinations. The median waiting time from receipt of referral to the diagnostic investigation was 56 days (range 16 - 91 years). 71 (6.5%) patients had follow-up imaging investigations while recommendation for hospital based specialty referral was made in 35 cases (3.2%). Significant findings included abdominal aortic aneurysms, metastatic disease and lymphoma. Direct access to ultrasound for general practitioners allows the referring physician to make an informed decision with regard to the need for specialist referral. We believe these findings help support the case for national direct access to diagnostic ultrasound for general practitioners.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish medical journalen
dc.subjectGENERAL PRACTICEen
dc.subjectULTRASOUNDen
dc.subject.meshAdulten
dc.subject.meshDiagnostic Servicesen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshGeneral Practiceen
dc.subject.meshHealth Services Accessibilityen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshIrelanden
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshQuality Improvementen
dc.subject.meshReferral and Consultationen
dc.subject.meshTertiary Care Centersen
dc.subject.meshUltrasonographyen
dc.subject.meshWaiting Listsen
dc.titleOpen-access ultrasound referrals from general practice.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-26T21:41:34Z
html.description.abstractDirect access referral for radiological investigations from General Practice (GP) provides an indispensable diagnostic tool and avoids the inherently long waiting time that referral through a hospital based specialty would entail. Improving access to hospital based radiology services is one of Health Information and Quality Authority's key recommendations in its report on patient referrals from general practice. This study aimed to review all GP referrals for ultrasound investigations to a tertiary referral teaching hospital over a seven month period with respect to their demographics, waiting times and diagnostic outcomes. 1,090 ultrasounds originating in general practice were carried out during the study period. Positive findings were recorded in 332 (30.46%) examinations. The median waiting time from receipt of referral to the diagnostic investigation was 56 days (range 16 - 91 years). 71 (6.5%) patients had follow-up imaging investigations while recommendation for hospital based specialty referral was made in 35 cases (3.2%). Significant findings included abdominal aortic aneurysms, metastatic disease and lymphoma. Direct access to ultrasound for general practitioners allows the referring physician to make an informed decision with regard to the need for specialist referral. We believe these findings help support the case for national direct access to diagnostic ultrasound for general practitioners.


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