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  1. Consultation and referral patterns from a teaching hospital emergency department.

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    Cortazzo, J M; Guertler, A T; Rice, M M

    1993-09-01

    The objective of this study was to describe consultation and referral patterns from a military emergency department (ED). The design of the study consisted of a prospective analysis of consultations and referrals from Madigan Army Medical Center ED during April 1990, an Army Medical Center with multiple residencies, including emergency medicine (EM). Patient population included active and retired military personnel, their families, and civilian emergency medical system-transported patients. ED visits averaged 60,000 per year. The overall rate of consultation and referral was 39.9%; 10.7% were consultations, whereas 29.2% were referrals. PGY-2 and -3 EM residents consultation rates were higher than average. Of all ED visits, 19.7% resulted in consultations or referrals to surgical services, 13.6% to medical services, and 2.8% to pediatrics. ED patients frequently are referred to or result in consultations with non-EM physicians. Differences in consultation by level of training and the impact of consultation on consulting services both deserve further investigation. Review of EM resident use of consultation and referral may focus evaluation of ED care in teaching hospitals. PMID:8395848

  2. Understanding the Impact of Residents' Interpersonal Relationships During Emergency Department Referrals and Consultations

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    Chan, Teresa; Sabir, Kameron; Sanhan, Sarila; Sherbino, Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    Background Communicating with colleagues is a key physician competency. Yet few studies have sought to uncover the complex nature of relationships between referring and consulting physicians, which may be affected by the inherent relationships between the participants. Objective Our study examines themes identified from discussions about communications and the role of relationships during the referral-consultation process. Methods From March to September 2010, 30 residents (10 emergency medicine, 10 general surgery, 10 internal medicine) were interviewed using a semistructured focus group protocol. Two investigators independently reviewed the transcripts using inductive methods and grounded theory to generate themes (using codes for ease of analysis) until saturation was reached. Disagreements were resolved by consensus, yielding an inventory of themes and subthemes. Measures for ensuring trustworthiness of the analysis included generating an audit trail and external auditing of the material by investigators not involved with the initial analysis. Results Two main relationship-related themes affected the referral-consultation process: familiarity and trust. Various subthemes were further delineated and studied in the context of pertinent literature. Conclusions Relationships between physicians have a powerful influence on the emergency department referral-consultation dynamic. The emergency department referral-consultation may be significantly altered by the familiarity and perceived trustworthiness of the referring and consulting physicians. Our proposed framework may further inform and improve instructional methods for teaching interpersonal communication. Most importantly, it may help junior learners understand inherent difficulties they may encounter during the referral process between emergency and consulting physicians. PMID:24455004

  3. Survey of Mental Health Consultation and Referral Among Primary Care Pediatricians

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    Guevara, James P.; Greenbaum, Paul E.; Shera, David; Bauer, Laura; Schwarz, Donald F.

    2008-01-01

    Objective To determine availability of and test whether on-site mental health providers (MHP) is associated with greater odds of reported mental health consultation and referral among primary care pediatricians. Methods Pediatricians were identified from the American Medical Association's 2004 Physician Directory, stratified by region, and 600 were randomly selected to receive a mail survey. The main independent variable was on-site MHP. The dependent variable was reported frequency (4-point rating) of mental health consultation and referral. Estimates were weighted to account for survey design and non-response. Results Overall response rate was 51%. The majority of respondents were male (56%), age ≥46 years old (59%), white (68%), and practicing in suburban locations (52%). Approximately half reported consultation with (44%) or referral to (51%) MHP always or often, but few (17%) reported on-site MHP. After adjustment for demographic and practice characteristics, pediatricians with on-site MHP were more likely to consult (Odds Ratio [OR] 6.58, 95% confidence interval [CI] 3.55-12.18) or refer (OR 4.25, 95% CI 2.19-8.22) than those without on-site MHP. Among those without on-site MHP, pediatricians with greater practice burden were less likely to consult (OR 0.69, 95% CI 0.48-0.99) or refer (OR 0.75, 95% CI 0.54-1.04) than those with lesser burden. Conclusions Most pediatricians in the U.S. experienced practice-related burdens that limit mental health collaboration, but those with collocated services reported a greater likelihood of consultation and referral. Policy changes that encourage collocation of mental health services and limit practice burden may facilitate mental health consultation and referral. PMID:19329104

  4. Behavior Analytic Consultation for Academic Referral Concerns

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    Dufrene, Brad A.; Zoder-Martell, Kimberly A.; Dieringe, Shannon Titus; Labrot, Zachary

    2016-01-01

    Applied behavior analysis provides a technology of human behavior that demonstrates great potential for improving socially important outcomes for individuals. School-based consultation may provide a vehicle for delivering applied behavior analysis services in schools to address academic referral concerns. In this article, we propose that…

  5. High referral rates to secondary care by general practitioners in Norway are associated with GPs’ gender and specialist qualifications in family medicine, a study of 4350 consultations

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    2013-01-01

    Background Referral rates of general practitioners (GPs) are an important determinant of secondary care utilization. The variation in these rates across GPs is considerable, and cannot be explained by patient morbidity alone. The main objective of this study was to assess the GPs’ referral rate to secondary care in Norway, any associations between the referral decision and patient, GP, health care characteristics and who initiated the referring issue in the consultation. Methods The probabilities of referral to secondary care and/or radiological examination were examined in 100 consecutive consultations of 44 randomly chosen Norwegian GPs. The GPs recorded whether the issue of referral was introduced, who introduced it and if the patient was referred. Multilevel and naive multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to explore associations between the probability of referral and patient, GP and health care characteristics. Results Of the 4350 consultations included, 13.7% (GP range 4.0%-28.0%) of patients were referred to secondary somatic and psychiatric care. Female GPs referred significantly more frequently than male GPs (16.0% versus 12.6%, adjusted odds ratio, AOR, 1.25), specialists in family medicine less frequently than their counterparts (12.5% versus 14.9%, AOR 0.76) and salaried GPs more frequently than private practitioners (16.2% versus 12.1%, AOR 1.36). In 4.2% (GP range 0%-12.9%) of the consultations, patients were referred to radiological examination. Specialists in family medicine, salaried GPs and GPs with a Norwegian medical degree referred significantly more frequently to radiological examination than their counterparts (AOR 1.93, 2.00 and 1.73, respectively). The issue of referral was introduced in 23% of the consultations, and in 70.6% of these cases by the GP. The high referrers introduced the referral issue significantly more frequently and also referred a significantly larger proportion when the issue was introduced

  6. Patients' Perspectives on Wait Times and the Referral-Consultation Process While Attending a Tertiary Diabetes and Endocrinology Centre: Is Econsultation an Acceptable Option?

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    Keely, Erin; Traczyk, Lara; Liddy, Clare

    2015-08-01

    The goal of this study was to establish patients' perspectives on the acceptability of wait times, the impact of wait times on their health and the possibility of using electronic consultations (eConsultations) to avoid visits to specialists. A 2-stage patient survey (self-administered and with a follow-up telephone call) and a chart audit was conducted on a sequential sample of patients attending their initial consultations in a tertiary diabetes and endocrinology centre. Patients' perspectives on actual and ideal wait times, the impact of waiting for access, the effectiveness of the referral-consultation process and attitudes toward eConsultations as an alternative to traditional referral-consultations were collected. The study involved 101 patients (22% for diabetes, 78% for endocrinologic conditions), whose comments were collated and categorized. Of the 101 patients who completed the survey, 61 also completed telephone interviews. The average wait time was 19 weeks; the median 10 weeks. More than 30% of patients waited longer than 6 months and 6% waited longer than 1 year. Overall, 90% of patients thought that the maximum wait time should be less than 3 months. While waiting, 58% of patients worried about a serious undiagnosed disease, 30% found their symptoms had affected their daily activities and 24% had to miss work or school due to symptoms. Of the patients, 46% considered eConsultation a viable alternative to face-to-face visits. Excessive wait times for specialist care remain barriers and have negative impacts on patients. Wait times significantly exceeded times patients considered acceptable. eConsultations provide acceptable alternatives for many patients, and they reduced the number of patients requiring traditional consultations. PMID:25797111

  7. Interdisciplinary expert consultation via a teleradiology platform--influence on therapeutic decision-making and patient referral rates to an academic tertiary care center.

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    Helck, A; Matzko, M; Trumm, C G; Grosse, C; Piltz, S; Reiser, M; Ertl-Wagner, B

    2009-12-01

    In addition to teleradiological reporting as a nighthawking or a regular service, teleradiological communication can be used for interdisciplinary expert consultation. We intended to evaluate an interdisciplinary consultation system based on a teleradiology platform with regard to its impact on therapeutic decision-making, directed patient referrals to an academic tertiary care center and the economic benefit for the hospital providing the service. Therefore, consultations from five secondary care centers and consecutive admissions to an academic tertiary care center were prospectively evaluated over a time period of six months. A total of 69 interdisciplinary expert consultations were performed. In 54 % of the cases the patients were consecutively referred to the university hospital for further treatment. In all acutely life-threatening emergencies (n = 9), fast and focused treatment by referral to the academic tertiary care center was achieved (average time to treat 130 min). The admissions to the academic tertiary care center led to improved utilization of its facilities with additional revenue of more than 1,000000 euro p. a. An interdisciplinary expert consultation via a teleradiology platform enables fast and efficient expert care with improved and accelerated patient management and improved utilization of the service providing hospital. PMID:19859862

  8. Efficiency Gains for Rheumatology Consultation Using a Novel Electronic Referral System in a Safety Net Health Setting

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    Scheibe, Meghan M.; Imboden, John B.; Schmajuk, Gabriela; Margaretten, Mary; Graf, Jonathan D.; Chen, Alice H.; Yelin, Edward H.; Yazdany, Jinoos

    2015-01-01

    Objective Health information technology (HIT) holds promise in increasing access to rheumatologists by improving the quality and efficiency of referrals, but few studies have examined its use for this purpose. We evaluated the use and impact of a novel electronic referral (eReferral) system in rheumatology in a safety net health system. Methods We examined eReferrals over four years. Our primary outcome was use of pre-consultation exchange, defined as back-and-forth communication between referring and specialty care providers, facilitating triage of referrals, requests for more information, or resolution of questions without a visit. We calculated the proportion of eReferrals that underwent pre-consultation exchange, time to reviewer response, and number of visits scheduled. To increase generalizability, we selected a random sample of eReferrals to undergo additional blinded, adjudicated review to assess agreement on appropriateness for pre-consultation exchange. Results Between 2008–2012, 2,383 eReferrals were reviewed and 2,105 were eligible for analysis. One-quarter of eReferrals were resolved without a clinic visit. The proportion of eReferrals undergoing pre-consultation exchange increased over time (55% in 2008 vs. 74% in 2011). The volume of referrals steadily increased over time. Reviewer response time averaged between 1–4 days. In the random sample of eReferrals that underwent adjudicated review, agreement between reviewers was high (kappa 0.72). Conclusion HIT-enabled pre-consultation exchange was used for a majority of eReferrals and facilitated communication between referring clinicians and rheumatologists. This redesigned system of care allowed for triage of a high number of referrals, with large numbers of referrals determined to be appropriate for pre-consultation exchange. PMID:25623810

  9. Communication Consultants and Consulting: A Survey of ABC Members.

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    Axley, Stephen R.

    1987-01-01

    Suggests that communication consultants are diverse in degree qualifications, in disciplines, and in kind of consulting services offered. Also suggests that consultants serve large businesses and that they conduct various writing and nonwriting workshops for client organizations. Notes that word-of-mouth and college referrals are important means…

  10. Pre-Referral Consultation: Sucessful Intervention for At-Risk Youth.

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    Armil, Janet L.

    Pre-Referral Consultation (PRC) is a category of student referral separate from the conventional special education referral, through which any person can refer for help--any student who may be in crisis, falling through the cracks, or otherwise at risk. It exemplifies the integration of special education personnel into the general education…

  11. Changes in Referral Interviews with Teachers after Behavioral Consultation Training.

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    McDougall, Linda M.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Evaluated effectiveness of a one-day in-service workshop on behavioral consultation using 16 school professionals (including 13 psychologists) who submitted audiotapes of prereferral interviews with teachers before and after workshop. Concluded that brief workshops can be effective in developing Problem Identification Interviewing skills and that…

  12. Pre-referral GP consultations in patients subsequently diagnosed with rarer cancers: a study of patient-reported data

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    Mendonca, Silvia C; Abel, Gary A; Lyratzopoulos, Georgios

    2016-01-01

    Background Some patients with cancer experience multiple pre-diagnostic consultations in primary care, leading to longer time intervals to specialist investigations and diagnosis. Patients with rarer cancers are thought to be at higher risk of such events, but concrete evidence of this is lacking. Aim To examine the frequency and predictors of repeat consultations with GPs in patients with rarer cancers. Design and setting Patient-reported data on pre-referral consultations from three English national surveys of patients with cancer (2010, 2013, and 2014), pooled to maximise the sample size of rarer cancers. Method The authors examined the frequency and crude and adjusted odds ratios for ≥3 (versus 1–2) pre-referral consultations by age, sex, ethnicity, level of deprivation, and cancer diagnosis (38 diagnosis groups, including 12 rarer cancers without prior relevant evidence). Results Among 7838 patients with 12 rarer cancers, crude proportions of patients with ≥3 pre-referral consultations ranged from >30.0% to 60.0% for patients with small intestine, bone sarcoma, liver, gallbladder, cancer of unknown primary, soft-tissue sarcoma, and ureteric cancer. The range was 15.0–30.0% for patients with oropharyngeal, anal, parotid, penile, and oral cancer. The overall proportion of responders with any cancer who had ≥3 consultations was 23.4%. Multivariable logistic regression indicated concordant patterns, with strong evidence for variation between rarer cancers (P <0.001). Conclusion Patients with rarer cancers experience pre-referral consultations at frequencies suggestive of middle-to-high diagnostic difficulty. The findings can guide the development of new diagnostic interventions and ‘safety-netting’ approaches for symptomatic presentations encountered in patients with rarer cancers. PMID:26917657

  13. Contemporary Practices in School Psychology: A National Survey of Roles and Referral Problems.

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    Bramlett, Ronald K.; Murphy, John J.; Johnson, Jenna; Wallingsford, Leah; Hall, John D.

    2002-01-01

    School psychologists (N=370) from a national organization were surveyed about their roles, types of referrals, consultation practices, and crisis team involvement. Assessment was the most common role. Most referrals were for academic problems. Behavioral consultation was the most common model. The majority of respondents had some involvement in…

  14. Psychiatric Consultation and Substance Use Disorders

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    Specker, Sheila; Meller, William H.; Thurber, Steven

    2009-01-01

    Background A substantial number of patients in general hospitals will evince substance abuse problems but a majority is unlikely to be adequately identified in the referral-consultation process. This failure may preclude patients from receiving effective interventions for substance use disorders. Objectives 1. To evaluate all referred patients for possible substance use disorders. 2. To ascertain the degree of convergence between patients referred for chemical problems and the corresponding DSM diagnosis. 3. To compare demographic data for substance abusing patients and referrals not so classified. 4. To evaluate conditions concomitant with substance use disorders. Method Consecutive one-year referrals (524) to consultation-liaison psychiatric services were scrutinized for chemically-related problems by psychiatric consultants. Results Of the referrals, 176 met criteria for substance use disorders (SUD) (57% alcohol; 25% other drugs; 18% both alcohol and other drugs). Persons diagnosed with SUD tended to be younger, male, non-Caucasian, unmarried, and unemployed. They were more likely to be depressed, have liver and other gastrointestinal problems, and to have experienced traumatic events; they also tended to have current financial difficulties. Most were referred for SUD evaluation by personnel in general medicine and family practice. Following psychiatric consultation, SUD designated patients were referred mainly to substance abuse treatment programs. The only variable related to recommended inpatient versus outpatient services for individuals with SUD was the Global Assessment of Functioning Axis (GAF) with persons having lower estimated functioning more likely to be referred for inpatient interventions. Conclusions These data are similar to the results of past studies in this area. Unlike previous investigations in the domain of consultative-liaison psychiatry, financial stressors and specific consultant recommendations were included in data gathering. Although

  15. Referral patterns between primary care and genitourinary medicine.

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    Champion, J K; Ross, J D

    1999-02-01

    Many patients attending genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics are self referred, but some patients initially present to their general practitioner (GP). The aim of this study was to describe the referral pattern of GPs in the Lothian region of Scotland to the local GUM clinic. A questionnaire was completed by all patients referred by their GP and a case note review supplied further diagnostic and demographic information. Of 1140 (23%) patients, 965 were available for study and were referred by their GP. There was a wide variability in referral rates from different practices and from different partners within a practice. The median referral rate per 100,000 practice population was 22.4/year (range 0-586). A referral letter accompanied the patient in 797/965 (83%) cases. The detection of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in patients in primary care subsequently referred to the GUM clinic was low and poor diagnostic acumen for herpes simplex virus (HSV) was notable. No consistent practice for investigation or treatment prior to referral was found and there was marked failure of the investigations initiated in primary care to achieve diagnosis. Despite this, 24% of patients were already on treatment at the time of their GUM consultation. Few STDs were diagnosed in primary care and subsequently referred to the GUM clinic suggesting either failure to diagnose infections or reluctance to refer on for confirmation, treatment, test of cure and health education. PMID:10215118

  16. Behavioral Consultation: Theory and Process

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    Russell, Michael L.

    1978-01-01

    This model examines the theory, clinical process, and intervention techniques of behavioral consultation in educational and medical settings. Behavioral consultation requires empirical validation of intervention. It also holds the counselee accountable for consultations. The consultant has many techniques, but must be sensitive to interaction…

  17. E-referral Solutions: Successful Experiences, Key Features and Challenges- a Systematic Review

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    Naseriasl, Mansour; Adham, Davoud; Janati, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Background: around the world health systems constantly face increasing pressures which arise from many factors, such as an ageing population, patients and providers demands for equipment’s and services. In order to respond these challenges and reduction of health system’s transactional costs, referral solutions are considered as a key factor. This study was carried out to identify referral solutions that have had successes. Methods: relevant studies identified using keywords of referrals, consultation, referral system, referral model, referral project, electronic referral, electronic booking, health system, healthcare, health service and medical care. These searches were conducted using PubMed, ProQuest, Google Scholar, Scopus, Emerald, Web of Knowledge, Springer, Science direct, Mosby’s index, SID, Medlib and Iran Doc data bases. 4306 initial articles were obtained and refined step by step. Finally, 27 articles met the inclusion criteria. Results: we identified seventeen e-referral systems developed in UK, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and U.S. Implemented solutions had variant degrees of successes such as improved access to specialist care, reduced wait times, timeliness and quality of referral communication, accurate health information transfer and integration of health centers and services. Conclusion: each one of referral solutions has both positive and changeable aspects that should be addressed according to sociotechnical conditions. These solutions are mainly formed in a small and localized manner. PMID:26236167

  18. Resistance, Reactance, and Consultation.

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    Hughes, Jan N.; Falk, Robert S.

    1981-01-01

    Presents a review of techniques for dealing with consultee resistance. Suggests the social psychological theory of reactance is a useful conceptual framework for considering resistance in consultation. Discusses examples of its application, variables that predict the likely effectiveness of a reactance utilization intervention, and ethical issues.…

  19. Consultation psychiatry in an Italian child guidance center: a report on 200 referrals.

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    Fava, G A

    1981-01-01

    A consecutive unselected series of 200 children referred for psychiatric consultation to an Italian Child Guidance Center is included in this study. All diagnoses were made in accord with the third edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM III). Functional enuresis was the most common psychiatric disturbance (15 percent), followed by developmental reading disorder (14.5 percent) and mild mental retardation (12.5 percent). There was no case of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (hyperkinetic syndrome). All depressions were consequences of another disorder and remitted when the child received attention and care. In 20.5 percent of cases no psychiatric diagnosis was made and the child apparently had been referred because of emotional problems in the parent. PMID:7327018

  20. Consultants, Consultancy and Consultocracy in Education Policymaking in England

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    Gunter, Helen M.; Hall, David; Mills, Colin

    2015-01-01

    The role and contribution of consultants and consultancy in public services has grown rapidly and the power of consultants suggests the emergence of a "consultocracy". We draw on research evidence from the social sciences and critical education policy (CEP) studies to present an examination of the state of the field. We deploy a…

  1. 49 CFR 382.605 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

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    2010-10-01

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  2. 49 CFR 382.605 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

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    2013-10-01

    ..., Training, and Referral § 382.605 Referral, evaluation, and treatment. The requirements for referral, evaluation, and treatment must be performed in accordance with 49 CFR part 40, Subpart O. ... 49 Transportation 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Referral, evaluation, and treatment....

  3. 49 CFR 382.605 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

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  4. The Courteous Consult: A CONSULT Card and Training to Improve Resident Consults

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    Podolsky, Anna; Stern, David T.; Peccoralo, Lauren

    2015-01-01

    Background Communication and courtesy are important elements of consultations, but there is limited published data about the quality of trainee consults. Objectives This study assessed residents' views on consult interactions, evaluated the impact of the consult interactions on patient care, and developed and implemented a pocket card and training on trainee consults. Methods We surveyed resident and fellow physicians at Mount Sinai Hospital to assess perceptions, created a CONSULT card that uses a mnemonic for key elements, and developed a training session for how to call consults. We also conducted a consult training session using the CONSULT card as part of orientation in 2011 for all interns. We assessed the acceptability, feasibility, and sustainability of this intervention. Results Of 1001 trainees, 403 (40%) responded. Respondents reported that the most important components of calling consults included giving patient name, medical record number, and location (91%), and giving a clear question/reason (89%). Respondents also reported that these behaviors are done consistently for only 64%, and 10% of consults, respectively. Trainees reported that consult interactions affect the timeliness of treatment (62%), timeliness of tests performed (57%), appropriateness of diagnosis (56%), and discharge planning (49%). Approximately 300 interns attended the consult training session, and their feedback demonstrated acceptability and utility of the session. Conclusions Trainees believe that consult interactions impact patient care, but important components of the consult call are often missing. Our training and CONSULT card is an acceptable, feasible, and novel training intervention. Once developed, the training session and CONSULT card require minimal faculty time to deliver. PMID:26217436

  5. Referral Finder: Saving Time and Improving The Quality of In-hospital Referrals

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    Cathcart, Jennifer; Cowan, Neil; Tully, Vicki

    2016-01-01

    Making referrals to other hospital specialties is one of the key duties of the foundation doctor, which can be difficult and time consuming. In Ninewells hospital, Scotland, in our experience the effectiveness of referrals is limited by contact details not being readily accessible and foundation doctors not knowing what information is relevant to each specialty. We surveyed foundation doctors on their experience of the existing referral process to identify where we needed to focus to improve the process. The doctors reported significant delays in obtaining contact details from the operator, and found they did not know the specific information needed in each referral. To increase the information available to foundation doctors, we set up a page on the staff intranet called ‘Referral Finder’. This page includes contact details, guidelines for referral, and links to relevant protocols for each specialty. By making this information readily accessible our objective was to increase the speed and quality of referrals. When surveyed two months after the web page was established, foundation doctors reported a reduction in calls to operator from baseline and reported achieving more effective referrals. When asked to comment, many doctors asked if the page could include details for other hospitals in our health board and provide more specialty specific information. This feedback prompted us to extend the scope of the page to include the district general hospital in our region, and update many of the existing details. Doctors were then surveyed after the updates, 100% agreed that the website saved time and there was a 49.3% reduction in doctors who reported not knowing the specific information needed for a referral. Having adequate information improved referrals and resulted in time saved. This would allow more time for patient care. The quality improvement project was praised among doctors as a useful, innovative and replicable project. PMID:27158494

  6. Referral Finder: Saving Time and Improving The Quality of In-hospital Referrals.

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    Cathcart, Jennifer; Cowan, Neil; Tully, Vicki

    2016-01-01

    Making referrals to other hospital specialties is one of the key duties of the foundation doctor, which can be difficult and time consuming. In Ninewells hospital, Scotland, in our experience the effectiveness of referrals is limited by contact details not being readily accessible and foundation doctors not knowing what information is relevant to each specialty. We surveyed foundation doctors on their experience of the existing referral process to identify where we needed to focus to improve the process. The doctors reported significant delays in obtaining contact details from the operator, and found they did not know the specific information needed in each referral. To increase the information available to foundation doctors, we set up a page on the staff intranet called 'Referral Finder'. This page includes contact details, guidelines for referral, and links to relevant protocols for each specialty. By making this information readily accessible our objective was to increase the speed and quality of referrals. When surveyed two months after the web page was established, foundation doctors reported a reduction in calls to operator from baseline and reported achieving more effective referrals. When asked to comment, many doctors asked if the page could include details for other hospitals in our health board and provide more specialty specific information. This feedback prompted us to extend the scope of the page to include the district general hospital in our region, and update many of the existing details. Doctors were then surveyed after the updates, 100% agreed that the website saved time and there was a 49.3% reduction in doctors who reported not knowing the specific information needed for a referral. Having adequate information improved referrals and resulted in time saved. This would allow more time for patient care. The quality improvement project was praised among doctors as a useful, innovative and replicable project. PMID:27158494

  7. Analysing general practitioners' referral decisions. II. Applying the analytical framework: do high and low referrers differ in factors influencing their referral decisions?

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    Bailey, J; King, N; Newton, P

    1994-03-01

    An analytical framework of the referral decision was applied to the question of whether general practitioners (GPs) with relatively high and relatively low referral rates differed in the types of factors that influenced their referral decisions. Interview data from six high referring and six low referring GPs were compared at all levels of the framework, using both quantitative and qualitative content analysis. High referrers were found to mention significantly more negative factors than low referrers, i.e. they referred 'in spite of' reasons against referral. In particular, they referred patients in spite of having doubts about treatment effectiveness. Low referrers mentioned factors related to interpersonal processes significantly more often than high referrers, for example, GP-patient communication as an influence. Possible interpretations of these findings are discussed. PMID:8034159

  8. Information and Referral Service, District Office Training.

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    Health and Welfare Council of Central Maryland, Inc., Baltimore.

    Within a standard format the details of instruction and training in various areas (units) of information and referral (I and R) services are given for Social Security Administration workers. Each unit is specified by the following categories: objective, special consideration, background, presentation, participation, review, and examples. There are…

  9. 49 CFR 655.62 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

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  10. 49 CFR 655.62 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

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  11. 34 CFR 361.37 - Information and referral programs.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... Information and referral programs. (a) General provisions. The State plan must assure that— (1) The designated State agency will implement an information and referral system adequate to ensure that individuals with... 34 Education 2 2011-07-01 2010-07-01 true Information and referral programs. 361.37 Section...

  12. 34 CFR 361.37 - Information and referral programs.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... Information and referral programs. (a) General provisions. The State plan must assure that— (1) The designated State agency will implement an information and referral system adequate to ensure that individuals with... 34 Education 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Information and referral programs. 361.37 Section...

  13. 34 CFR 361.37 - Information and referral programs.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... Information and referral programs. (a) General provisions. The State plan must assure that— (1) The designated State agency will implement an information and referral system adequate to ensure that individuals with... 34 Education 2 2014-07-01 2013-07-01 true Information and referral programs. 361.37 Section...

  14. 34 CFR 361.37 - Information and referral programs.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... Information and referral programs. (a) General provisions. The State plan must assure that— (1) The designated State agency will implement an information and referral system adequate to ensure that individuals with... 34 Education 2 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Information and referral programs. 361.37 Section...

  15. 34 CFR 361.37 - Information and referral programs.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... Information and referral programs. (a) General provisions. The State plan must assure that— (1) The designated State agency will implement an information and referral system adequate to ensure that individuals with... 34 Education 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Information and referral programs. 361.37 Section...

  16. Elevated levels of serum creatinine: recommendations for management and referral

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    Mendelssohn, D C; Barrett, B J; Brownscombe, L M; Ethier, J; Greenberg, D E; Kanani, S D; Levin, A; Toffelmire, E B

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The potential benefits of earlier referral to a nephrologist of patients with elevated levels of serum creatinine include identifying and treating reversible causes of renal failure, slowing the rate of decline associated with progressive renal insufficiency, managing the coexisting conditions associated with chronic renal failure and facilitating efficient entry into dialysis programs for all patients who might benefit. METHODS: A subcommittee of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, which included representatives from family practice and internal medicine, conducted a MEDLINE search for the period 1966 to 1998 using the key words referral and consultation, dialysis, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, renal replacement therapy and kidney diseases. Where published evidence was lacking, conclusions were reached by consensus. GUIDELINES: Earlier referral to nephrologists of patients with elevated creatinine levels is expected to lead to better health care outcomes and lower costs for both the patients and the health care system. All patients with newly discovered renal insufficiency (as evidenced by serum creatinine elevated to a level above the upper limit of the normal range of that laboratory, adjusted for age and height in children) must undergo investigations to determine the potential reversibility of disease, to evaluate the prognosis and to optimize planning of care. All patients with an established, progressive increase in serum creatinine level should be followed with a nephrologist. Adequate preparation for dialysis or transplantation (or both) requires at least 12 months of relatively frequent contact with a renal care team. Nephrologists should provide consultation in a timely manner for any patient with an elevated serum creatinine level. In addition, they should provide advice about what aspects of the condition require particularly urgent or emergency assessment. SPONSORS: This clinical practice guideline has been endorsed by the Canadian

  17. Monitoring the referral system through benchmarking in rural Niger: an evaluation of the functional relation between health centres and the district hospital

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    Bossyns, Paul; Abache, Ranaou; Abdoulaye, Mahaman S; Miyé, Hamidou; Depoorter, Anne-Marie; Van Lerberghe, Wim

    2006-01-01

    Background The main objective of this study is to establish a benchmark for referral rates in rural Niger so as to allow interpretation of routine referral data to assess the performance of the referral system in Niger. Methods Strict and controlled application of existing clinical decision trees in a sample of rural health centres allowed the estimation of the corresponding need for and characteristics of curative referrals in rural Niger. Compliance of referral was monitored as well. Need was matched against actual referral in 11 rural districts. The referral patterns were registered so as to get an idea on the types of pathology referred. Results The referral rate benchmark was set at 2.5 % of patients consulting at the health centre for curative reasons. Niger's rural districts have a referral rate of less than half this benchmark. Acceptability of referrals is low for the population and is adding to the deficient referral system in Niger. Mortality because of under-referral is highest among young children. Conclusion Referral patterns show that the present programme approach to deliver health care leaves a large amount of unmet need for which only comprehensive first and second line health services can provide a proper answer. On the other hand, the benchmark suggests that well functioning health centres can take care of the vast majority of problems patients present with. PMID:16608534

  18. Referral expectations of radiology.

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    Smith, W; Altmaier, E; Berberoglu, L; Morris, K; O'Halloran, C

    1992-08-01

    In summary, the data suggest that the traditional role of the radiologist as an expert consultant who provides an accurate written report is still the dominant perception. This study emphasizes the importance of development of communication skills and communication standards, with particular emphasis on written data as the single most important factor in keeping a strong clinician referral base. PMID:10121759

  19. Characteristics of Successful and Unsuccessful Mental Health Referrals of Refugees.

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    Shannon, Patricia J; Vinson, Gregory A; Cook, Tonya L; Lennon, Evelyn

    2016-07-01

    In this community based participatory research study, we explored key characteristics of mental health referrals of refugees using stories of providers collected through an on-line survey. Ten coders sorted 60 stories of successful referrals and 34 stories of unsuccessful referrals into domains using the critical incident technique. Principal components analysis yielded categories of successful referrals that included: active care coordination, establishing trust, proactive resolution of barriers, and culturally responsive care. Unsuccessful referrals were characterized by cultural barriers, lack of care coordination, refusal to see refugees, and system and language barriers. Recommendations for training and policy are discussed. PMID:25735618

  20. 24 CFR 17.9 - Referral to Department of Justice.

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    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Referral to Department of Justice... Procedures § 17.9 Referral to Department of Justice. When Department of Justice approval or consultation is required under § 17.8, the referral or request shall be transmitted to the Department of Justice by...

  1. Phone Consultation for Behavioral Health-Related Referrals in Integrated Primary Care.

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    Valleley, Rachel J; Hine, Jeffrey F; Clare, Ann; Evans, Joseph H

    2015-10-01

    Behavioral health (BH) providers add value to primary care teams. This descriptive study illustrates one such role that the BH provider can serve. The on-site BH provider responded to patient phone inquiries regarding BH topics for pediatricians over the course of 15 months. The majority of these calls were for children 10 years and younger and related to externalizing problems. Phone calls were relatively brief (i.e., 11-15 minutes). More than half of these phone calls resulted in families scheduling an appointment with nearly 75% showing up for the initial session. Providing this type of adjunctive service may result in earlier access to care and efficiently assigning responsibilities to the appropriate team member. PMID:26242397

  2. Communication Consulting as Persuasion: Issues and Implications.

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    Ross, Roseanna G.

    Focusing on the issue of the training and preparation of the communication specialist in communication consulting, an investigation of the persuasive elements in the client-consulting relationship suggests that more direct focus on consulting as persuasion can lead to more responsible and effective enactment of the role of both consultant and…

  3. Generating Clients and Referral Sources.

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    Russell, Martha; Price, Meg; Becht, Monika

    1997-01-01

    Includes three theme articles: "Visibility, Connectedness, and Collaboration: Keys to Marketing a Private Practice" (Martha Russell); "If You Build It (and Publicize It) They Will Come: An Overview of Private Practice Marketing Strategies" (Meg Price); and "The Art of Networking in Private Practice" (Monika Becht). (SK)

  4. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.

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    Borus, Joshua; Parhami, Iman; Levy, Sharon

    2016-10-01

    Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment is a quick, effective technique with which to manage substance use in adolescents and young adults. Use of a validated measure for detecting substance use and abuse is significantly more effective than unvalidated tools or provider intuition. There are a variety of validated tools available to use in the adolescent/young adult population, and there are opportunities to increase the efficiency and scalability of screening by using computerized questionnaires. This area continues to evolve rapidly. PMID:27613340

  5. Using web technology and Java mobile software agents to manage outside referrals.

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    Murphy, S N; Ng, T; Sittig, D F; Barnett, G O

    1998-01-01

    A prototype, web-based referral application was created with the objective of providing outside primary care providers (PCP's) the means to refer patients to the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. The application was designed to achieve the two primary objectives of providing the consultant with enough data to make decisions even at the initial visit, and providing the PCP with a prompt response from the consultant. The system uses a web browser/server to initiate the referral and Java mobile software agents to support the workflow of the referral. This combination provides a light client implementation that can run on a wide variety of hardware and software platforms found in the office of the PCP. The implementation can guarantee a high degree of security for the computer of the PCP. Agents can be adapted to support the wide variety of data types that may be used in referral transactions, including reports with complex presentation needs and scanned (faxed) images Agents can be delivered to the PCP as running applications that can perform ongoing queries and alerts at the office of the PCP. Finally, the agent architecture is designed to scale in a natural and seamless manner for unforeseen future needs. PMID:9929190

  6. Narrative and Structure in Consultation

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    Hadley, David

    2012-01-01

    This article explores the process of consultation to professional networks, teams, groups and individuals concerned with the mental health of children and young people in the care system, and those adopted. Frequently there are significant elements of early trauma suffered by the young people and disruption in the professional organisation. The…

  7. Consultation Stressors and Stress Management.

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    Portman, Sandy Kosub

    A high incidence of occupational stress has been demonstrated in the mental health and social service professions and appears to be a major factor contributing to low worker morale, absenteeism, high job turnover, and other indices of job stress. A study was conducted to examine the issue of occupational stress among psychological consultants.…

  8. Understanding hospital referral rates: a user's guide.

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    Roland, M O; Bartholomew, J; Morrell, D C; McDermott, A; Paul, E

    1990-01-01

    Detailed referral information from one practice was used to investigate the effect of calculating referral rates in several different ways. Referral rates for individual general practitioners should be related to the number of consultations carried out and not to the number of registered patients; for whole practices list size may be used as the denominator. Most doctors will not need to control for age and sex of patients when comparing referral rates but may need to control for case mix when comparing referral rates to individual specialties. In addition, a method is described for distinguishing systematic variation between the referral rates of individual doctors from the random variation that may arise from data based on fairly small numbers of referrals. The method indicates whether systematic variation is greater than would be expected by chance, and it can be extended to indicate whether variability in referral rates is greater in one specialty than another. Because of random variation with time a year's data may not be sufficient to allow reliable interpretation of referral rates to individual specialties, except for the largest. At present there is no known relation between high or low referral rates and quality of care. Nevertheless, if doctors are to interpret their own rates of referral they need those rates to be reliable and valid. Use of the 10 guidelines described in this paper will help to prevent unwarranted conclusions being drawn from information on general practitioners' rates of referral to hospital. PMID:2390594

  9. Improving efficiency and saving money in an otolaryngology urgent referral clinic.

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    Ibrahim, Nader; Virk, Jagdeep; George, Jason; Elmiyeh, Behrad; Singh, Arvind

    2015-06-16

    A closed loop audit of the ear nose and throat (ENT) urgent referral clinic at a London hospital was conducted assessing the number of patients reviewed, referral source, appropriateness of referral, presenting complaint and assigned follow-up appointments. Data was sourced from clinic letters and the patient appointment system over a 3-mo period. The initial cycle analysed 490 patients and the subsequent cycle 396. The initial audit yielded clinically relevant and cost effective recommendations which were implemented, and the audit cycle was subsequently repeated. The re-audit demonstrated decreased clinic numbers from an average 9.8 to 7.2 patients per clinic, in keeping with ENT United Kingdom guidelines. A 21% decrease in patient follow-up and 13% decrease in inappropriate referrals was achieved. Direct bookings into outpatient clinics decreased by 8%, due to correct referral pathway utilisation. Comparisons of all data sets were found to show statistical significance P < 0.05. We reported a total financial saving of £32490 in a period of 3 mo (£590 per clinic). We demonstrated that simple guidelines, supervision and consultant-led education which are non-labour intensive can have a significant impact on service provision and cost. PMID:26090368

  10. Developmental Screening Referrals: Child and Family Factors that Predict Referral Completion

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    Jennings, Danielle J.; Hanline, Mary Frances

    2013-01-01

    This study researched the predictive impact of developmental screening results and the effects of child and family characteristics on completion of referrals given for evaluation. Logistical and hierarchical logistic regression analyses were used to determine the significance of 10 independent variables on the predictor variable. The number of…

  11. 49 CFR 199.243 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Referral, evaluation, and treatment. 199.243... ALCOHOL TESTING Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program § 199.243 Referral, evaluation, and treatment. (a) Each... abuse professionals and counseling and treatment programs. (b) Each covered employee who engages...

  12. 45 CFR 31.4 - Certification and referral of debt.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Certification and referral of debt. 31.4 Section 31.4 Public Welfare DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL ADMINISTRATION TAX REFUND OFFSET § 31.4 Certification and referral of debt. (a) Certification. The Secretary shall certify to FMS...

  13. 49 CFR 199.243 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

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    2011-10-01

    ... for drugs, as directed by the substance abuse professional, to be performed in accordance with 49 CFR... 49 Transportation 3 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Referral, evaluation, and treatment. 199.243... ALCOHOL TESTING Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program § 199.243 Referral, evaluation, and treatment. (a)...

  14. Observed Consultation: Confidence and Accuracy of Assessors

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    Tweed, Mike; Ingham, Christopher

    2010-01-01

    Judgments made by the assessors observing consultations are widely used in the assessment of medical students. The aim of this research was to study judgment accuracy and confidence and the relationship between these. Assessors watched recordings of consultations, scoring the students on: a checklist of items; attributes of consultation; a…

  15. Consultation Barriers between Teachers and External Consultants: A Grounded Theory of Change Resistance in School Consultation

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    Thornberg, Robert

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study, conducted in Sweden, was to investigate the cultural barriers between school personnel (teachers and principals) and nonschool personnel (a resource team), who were external to the school system, regarding consultation about challenging or difficult-to-teach students. Focus groups with teachers, principals, and the resource…

  16. The 'iceberg' of illness and 'trivial' consultations.

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    Hannay, D R

    1980-09-01

    The medical symptom 'iceberg' and 'trivia' were defined in terms of people's own perceptions of their symptoms and their subsequent referral behaviour. The data were collected by household interviews of patients registered at a health centre and included information on personal and environmental characteristics. Bivariate and multivariate analysis was used to explore associations between those who were part of the symptom 'iceberg' or 'trivia', and factors which might have caused such incongruous referral behaviour. PMID:7452594

  17. Referral and Timing of Referral to Hospice Care in Nursing Homes: The Significant Role of Staff Members

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    Welch, Lisa C.; Miller, Susan C.; Martin, Edward W.; Nanda, Aman

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: Given concerns about end-of-life care for many nursing home (NH) residents, this study sought to understand factors influencing hospice referral or nonreferral as well as timing of referral. Design and Methods: We conducted semistructured interviews with personnel from seven participating NHs and two hospices. We interviewed NH directors…

  18. Peter Block's Flawless Consulting and the Homunculus Theory: Within Each Person Is a Perfect Consultant.

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    Ross, Gloria J.

    1993-01-01

    Notes that Block (1981) saw consultant authenticity as significant to process of consulting and believed that, as consultant acknowledged feelings and thoughts when they surfaced, client commitment and trust would develop. Adds that Block has defined five phases to consulting and detailed work that must be completed in each phase to provide…

  19. Two-week wait false alarms? A prospective investigation of 2WW head and neck cancer referrals.

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    Hong, B; Shaikh, Z; Adcock, S; Aldallal, S N

    2016-05-27

    Objectives i) To prospectively explore patients' experience through the two-week wait (2WW) referral process; ii) To compare the relative true malignancy diagnostic rate between general medical practitioners (GMPs) and general dental practitioners (GDPs) over a six-month period; iii) To compare management of 2WW referral cases between GMPs and GDPs before the referral and during the 2 weeks in regards to symptomatic support, investigations in primary care, and information communicated to patients and secondary care clinicians; iv) To investigate the benign conditions that comprise 2WW referrals by finding out the final diagnoses of all cases included in the study.Method The patient inclusion criteria were all 2WW referral patients who attended consultation clinics during the six-month study period in Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust. We prospectively distributed patient questionnaires and clinician's referral assessment forms. We obtained the final diagnoses of all participants electronically, and also identified all malignancies diagnosed via routine referral route during the study period from the cancer services team.Results Two hundred and twenty patients referred via 2WW pathway participated in the study. Of these, 148 referrals were from GMPs and 72 from GDPs. The overall malignancy diagnostic yield was 6.2%; markedly higher from GMPs (9.5%) than GDPs (1.4%), and higher number than those from routine pathway. The GMPs and GDPs showed similar levels of clinical management and information exchange judging from the participants' responses. We also identified the top nine most commonly urgently referred benign conditions.Conclusion We reiterate the need for improved communication between clinicians and patients and between clinicians. We also suggest more focus on education in commonly encountered conditions as well as malignant lesions. The number of 2WW referrals we received from GMPs was nearly twice as many as those from GDPs, highlighting the importance of

  20. Rheumatic Disease, the Family Physician, and the Consultants: When to Hold Them and When to Fold Them

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    Koehler, Barry; Warren, Gwen

    1990-01-01

    The principles of when to refer in rheumatologic disorders vary little from the general pattern, but some disease-specific advice is helpful. Follow the age-old tenets of referring if diagnosis is uncertain, if treatment advice is needed, or if you are unable to meet the many needs of patients with chronic illnesses. It is often valuable to ask why the patient wants a referral. Education, referral to allied health professionals, and assessing how well you are supporting the patient are all important. It is also essential to maintain contact with both patient and consultant if referral is necessary. PMID:21234070

  1. 44 CFR 11.17 - Referral to Department of Justice.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Justice. 11.17 Section 11.17 Emergency Management and Assistance FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY... Referral to Department of Justice. When Department of Justice approval or consultation is required under § 11.16, the referral or request shall be transmitted to the Department of Justice by the Chief...

  2. Linking Knowledge and Action: PRI's Community Consultant.

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    Spencer, Gregory P.

    Within the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI), community consultants operate within three complex sets of relationships: client groups, the organizational structure of PRI, and the local operational base. Community consultants are responsible for developing and facilitating rural development and for providing assistance in community and…

  3. Consulting and Training--Career Options.

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    Church, Olive D.

    1986-01-01

    Business teachers have additional career options to consider, namely, joining a consulting-training firm as a junior professional employee; entering a firm as an associate; investing personal resources in an already successful firm; starting one's own firm; and/or applying for part- or full-time work as an internal consultant or trainer and…

  4. Developing Knowledge and Value in Management Consulting. Research in Management Consulting.

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    Buono, Anthony F., Ed.

    This document contains 11 papers that explore knowledge and value development in the field of management consulting, with particular emphasis on trends and techniques in the practice of management consulting and the current theory and dynamics of management consulting. The following papers are included: "Introduction" (Anthony F. Buono);…

  5. Fifteen minute consultation: tics and Tourette syndrome.

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    Ong, Min Tsui; Mordekar, Santosh R; Seal, Arnab

    2016-04-01

    Tic disorders including Tourette syndrome (TS) are neuropsychiatric disorders that are common referrals to paediatricians, paediatric neurologists and child psychiatrists. Although differentiating tics and TS from other movement disorders is not difficult, it is essential to detect comorbid conditions and their contribution to TS. PMID:26396225

  6. Competency-Based Behavior Consultation Training: An Evaluation of Consultant Outcomes, Treatment Effects, and Consumer Satisfaction

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    Lepage, Kathy; Kratochwill, Thomas R.; Elliott, Stephen N.

    2004-01-01

    Assessments of consultants, clients, and consumer satisfaction were used to examine the effects of a competency-based consultation training program conducted over 4 years. Using a multiple-baseline framework to assess training effects on consultants and single-case study designs to evaluate changes in client behavior, a number of significant…

  7. Implementation of 'matrix support' (collaborative care) to reduce asthma and COPD referrals and improve primary care management in Brazil: a pilot observational study.

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    Martins, Sonia Maria; Salibe-Filho, William; Tonioli, Luís Paulo; Pfingesten, Luís Eduardo; Braz, Patrícia Dias; McDonnell, Juliet; Williams, Siân; do Carmo, Débora; de Sousa, Jaime Correia; Pinnock, Hilary; Stelmach, Rafael

    2016-01-01

    Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are leading causes of hospitalisation and death in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo. The municipality had difficulties in sustaining a pulmonology specialist team. Local policy has strengthened the knowledge of the primary care teams to improve the management of these diseases. Our aim is to pilot the implementation of an educational intervention based on collaborative care focused on reducing respiratory-related referrals. We implemented 'matrix support': a Brazilian collaborative educational intervention promoting specialist training and support for primary care physicians in three health territories with the highest number of referrals. Clinicians and nurses from primary care attended an 8-h workshop. The backlog of respiratory referrals was prioritised, where Asthma and COPD represented 70% of referral reasons. Initially, pulmonologists held joint consultations with physicians and nurses; as confidence grew, these were replaced by round-table note-based case discussions. The primary outcome was the number of asthma and COPD referrals. Almost all primary healthcare professionals in the three areas (132 of 157-87%) were trained; 360 patients were discussed, including 220 joint consultations. The number of respiratory referrals dropped from 290 (the year before matrix support) to 134 (the year after) (P<0.05). Referrals for asthma/COPD decreased from 13.4 to 5.4 cases per month (P=0.09) and for other lung diseases from 10.8 to 5.3 cases per month (P<0.05). Knowledge scores showed a significant improvement (P<0.001). Matrix-support collaborative care was well-accepted by primary care professionals associated with improved knowledge and reduced respiratory referrals. The initiative attracted specialists to the region overcoming historical recruitment problems. PMID:27536853

  8. Implementation of ‘matrix support’ (collaborative care) to reduce asthma and COPD referrals and improve primary care management in Brazil: a pilot observational study

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    Martins, Sonia Maria; Salibe-Filho, William; Tonioli, Luís Paulo; Pfingesten, Luís Eduardo; Braz, Patrícia Dias; McDonnell, Juliet; Williams, Siân; do Carmo, Débora; de Sousa, Jaime Correia; Pinnock, Hilary; Stelmach, Rafael

    2016-01-01

    Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are leading causes of hospitalisation and death in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo. The municipality had difficulties in sustaining a pulmonology specialist team. Local policy has strengthened the knowledge of the primary care teams to improve the management of these diseases. Our aim is to pilot the implementation of an educational intervention based on collaborative care focused on reducing respiratory-related referrals. We implemented ‘matrix support’: a Brazilian collaborative educational intervention promoting specialist training and support for primary care physicians in three health territories with the highest number of referrals. Clinicians and nurses from primary care attended an 8-h workshop. The backlog of respiratory referrals was prioritised, where Asthma and COPD represented 70% of referral reasons. Initially, pulmonologists held joint consultations with physicians and nurses; as confidence grew, these were replaced by round-table note-based case discussions. The primary outcome was the number of asthma and COPD referrals. Almost all primary healthcare professionals in the three areas (132 of 157–87%) were trained; 360 patients were discussed, including 220 joint consultations. The number of respiratory referrals dropped from 290 (the year before matrix support) to 134 (the year after) (P<0.05). Referrals for asthma/COPD decreased from 13.4 to 5.4 cases per month (P=0.09) and for other lung diseases from 10.8 to 5.3 cases per month (P<0.05). Knowledge scores showed a significant improvement (P<0.001). Matrix-support collaborative care was well-accepted by primary care professionals associated with improved knowledge and reduced respiratory referrals. The initiative attracted specialists to the region overcoming historical recruitment problems. PMID:27536853

  9. 24 CFR 3282.403 - Consumer complaint and information referral.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Consumer complaint and information... HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MANUFACTURED HOME PROCEDURAL AND ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS Consumer Complaint Handling and Remedial Actions § 3282.403 Consumer complaint and information referral. (a)...

  10. 24 CFR 3282.403 - Consumer complaint and information referral.

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    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Consumer complaint and information... HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MANUFACTURED HOME PROCEDURAL AND ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS Consumer Complaint Handling and Remedial Actions § 3282.403 Consumer complaint and information referral. When a...

  11. 24 CFR 3282.403 - Consumer complaint and information referral.

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    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Consumer complaint and information... HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MANUFACTURED HOME PROCEDURAL AND ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS Consumer Complaint Handling and Remedial Actions § 3282.403 Consumer complaint and information referral. When a...

  12. 24 CFR 3282.403 - Consumer complaint and information referral.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Consumer complaint and information... HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MANUFACTURED HOME PROCEDURAL AND ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS Consumer Complaint Handling and Remedial Actions § 3282.403 Consumer complaint and information referral. When a...

  13. 24 CFR 3282.403 - Consumer complaint and information referral.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Consumer complaint and information... HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MANUFACTURED HOME PROCEDURAL AND ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS Consumer Complaint Handling and Remedial Actions § 3282.403 Consumer complaint and information referral. When a...

  14. Breaking the Cycle of Office Referrals and Suspensions: Defensive Management

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    Fields, Barry

    2004-01-01

    This paper focuses on a strategy--Defensive Management--designed to assist teachers to better manage non-compliance and defiance in the classroom, with the ultimate goal of reducing disciplinary referrals and flow-on suspensions and exclusions from school. Non-compliance and defiance are behaviours that teachers find particularly challenging and,…

  15. Public Library Information and Referral Project, Phase II. Final Report.

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    Childers, Thomas; Krauser, Cheri

    This study is the second of a two-phase survey of public library information and referral (I&R) service. In this phase, seven public libraries offering I&R services were studied in depth to provide descriptions of their operations, organizational factors, and the reactions of their users. Organizational factors and operations were studied through…

  16. Identification, Referral and Assessment of Handicapped Students: A Trainer's Manual.

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    Spearman, Carolyn; Gaddis, Ruth

    The trainer's manual offers a sampling of workshop materials to assist the regular classroom teacher in the process of screening, identification, referral, and assessment of handicapped students. Following an introduction are sections with information, sample handouts, forms, and checklists on the following topics (sample subtopics in…

  17. Evaluation and Referral for Child Maltreatment in Pediatric Poisoning Victims

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    Wood, Joanne N.; Pecker, Lydia H.; Russo, Michael E.; Henretig, Fred; Christian, Cindy W.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Although the majority of poisonings in young children are due to exploratory ingestions and might be prevented through improved caregiver supervision, the circumstances that warrant evaluation for suspected maltreatment and referral to Child Protective Services (CPS) are unclear. Therefore the objective of this study was to determine…

  18. 49 CFR 199.243 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

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    2013-10-01

    ... ALCOHOL TESTING Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program § 199.243 Referral, evaluation, and treatment. (a) Each... contract to provide treatment for alcohol problems on behalf of the operator; (3) The sole source of... for drugs, as directed by the substance abuse professional, to be performed in accordance with 49...

  19. 49 CFR 199.243 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

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    2014-10-01

    ... ALCOHOL TESTING Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program § 199.243 Referral, evaluation, and treatment. (a) Each... contract to provide treatment for alcohol problems on behalf of the operator; (3) The sole source of... for drugs, as directed by the substance abuse professional, to be performed in accordance with 49...

  20. 49 CFR 199.243 - Referral, evaluation, and treatment.

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    2012-10-01

    ... ALCOHOL TESTING Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program § 199.243 Referral, evaluation, and treatment. (a) Each... contract to provide treatment for alcohol problems on behalf of the operator; (3) The sole source of... for drugs, as directed by the substance abuse professional, to be performed in accordance with 49...

  1. 29 CFR 1603.201 - Referral and scheduling for hearing.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 4 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Referral and scheduling for hearing. 1603.201 Section 1603.201 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION PROCEDURES... scheduling for hearing. (a) Upon request by the complainant under paragraph (b) of this section or if...

  2. Understanding the Process of Medical Referral

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    Muzzin, Linda J.

    1991-01-01

    In a study of 50 referrals, family physicians were shown to choose consultants whom they trusted. They had previously worked with them or had indirect evidence, including patient reports, of their technical and communication skills and effectiveness with patients. By trial and error, “good” ones were retained and “bad” ones - including those not trusted by patients - were avoided. PMID:20469520

  3. Traveller health and primary care in Ireland: a consultative forum.

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    Van Hout, Marie Claire

    2010-05-01

    Travellers in Ireland continue to experience health disparity, cultural fragmentation and a lack of visibility in health service provision. This paper reports on a pilot study exploring factors that affect Traveller health and the experiences of primary care services from the perspectives of key Traveller health stakeholders in Ireland. The study was designed as an initial consultative forum using a single focus group (n = 13) in order to yield specific recommendations for the development of a designated primary care service framework for Travellers. A thematic analysis of the narratives identified key areas of interest--emerging issues in Traveller health, recognition of Traveller culture and ethnic identity,Traveller uptake of primary care services, the role of the primary health care Traveller (PHCT) worker, and recommendations for a primary care service framework for Travellers in Ireland. The findings highlight the importance of consulting Traveller communities in the design of a primary care service framework within each local needs analysis. The promotion of Traveller advocacy, visible access and referral pathways can therefore be achieved, with PHCT workers acting as a 'bridge' between Travellers and the designated area primary care team. PMID:20503791

  4. Understanding the Process of Medical Referral

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    Muzzin, Linda

    1991-01-01

    Fifty referrals from family physicians in Ontario were examined by interviewing the patients, referring physicians, consultants, and others involved at various points in the process. This, the second in a series of six articles, introduces the participants and describes how grounded theory methodology was used to analyze the approximately 3000 pages of field notes. PMID:21229052

  5. 32 CFR 516.34 - Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Referral of medical care and property claims for... States Medical Care and Property Claims § 516.34 Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation. (a) Criteria for referral. The RJA will forward the claims file and a litigation report...

  6. Resistance: Experienced and Novice Consultants' Interpretations and Strategies for Addressing It in Behavioral Consultation Interviews

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    Gorges, Todd; Elliott, Stephen N.; Kettler, Ryan J.

    2004-01-01

    This study examined whether experienced and novice school psychology consultants differed in identification of consultee resistance, attribution of sources of resistance, and quantity and variety of strategies to handle resistance. The participants were characterized as novice consultants (N = 33) if they had completed fewer than 20 cases or as…

  7. Effective Supervision and Consultation: A Model for the Development of Functional Supervision and Consultation Programs.

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    Harvey, David R.; Schramski, Thomas G.

    1984-01-01

    Proposes the Effective Supervision and Consultation (ESC) model as a guide for counselor educators who are helping agencies build effective supervision programs. The ESC model is presented with an emphasis on the assessment, training, and evaluation components of consultation services in counselor supervision. (JAC)

  8. Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Levels in Consulting Psychology/Organizational Consulting Psychology

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    American Psychologist, 2007

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of these "Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Levels in Consulting Psychology/Organizational Consulting Psychology" is to provide a common framework for use in the development, evaluation, and review of education and training in consulting psychology/organizational consulting psychology (CP/OCP). The…

  9. Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.

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    2016-07-01

    The enormous public health impact of adolescent substance use and its preventable morbidity and mortality show the need for the health care sector, including pediatricians and the medical home, to increase its capacity related to substance use prevention, detection, assessment, and intervention. The American Academy of Pediatrics published its policy statement "Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Pediatricians" in 2011 to introduce the concepts and terminology of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) and to offer clinical guidance about available substance use screening tools and intervention procedures. This policy statement is a revision of the 2011 SBIRT statement. An accompanying clinical report updates clinical guidance for adolescent SBIRT. PMID:27325638

  10. Service referral for juvenile justice youths: associations with psychiatric disorder and recidivism.

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    Hoeve, Machteld; McReynolds, Larkin S; Wasserman, Gail A

    2014-05-01

    Secondary multiple regression analyses related disorder profile, probation officers' mental health/substance use service referrals, and recidivism in 361 juvenile justice youths. Those with externalizing (disruptive behavior or substance use) disorder or substance offenses were most likely to receive service referrals. Substance disordered youths with service referrals had lower recidivism risk compared to counterparts without referrals; referral lowered the recidivism odds to approximately that for youths without a substance use disorder. Providing juvenile justice youths with systematic mental health assessment and linking those with substance use disorder to mental health and substance use services likely reduces recidivism risk. PMID:23397231

  11. Teachers' personalities and students' behavior in referrals for special education.

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    Hill, R B; Baldo, A J; D'Amato, R C

    1999-04-01

    84 regular classroom teachers completed four self-report personality scales (self-concept, tolerance, locus of control, and teachers' efficacy) and reviewed hypothetical records of three types of students (withdrawn, acting-out, and neutral) and made decisions for referral for each student to special education. Scores for self-concept, tolerance, locus of control, and teachers' efficacy were not related to their decisions to refer across types of students. PMID:10335062

  12. Haemorrhage after home birth: audit of decision making and referral.

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    Smit, Marrit; Dijkman, Anneke; Rijnders, Marlies; Bustraan, Jacqueline; van Dillen, Jeroen; Middeldorp, Johanna; Havenith, Barbara; van Roosmalen, Jos

    2013-11-01

    In the Netherlands, 20 per cent of women give birth at home. In 0.7 per cent, referral to secondary care because of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is indicated. Midwives are regularly trained in managing obstetric emergencies. A postgraduate training programme developed for Dutch community-based midwives called 'CAVE' (pre-hospital obstetric emergency course) focuses on the identification and management of obstetric emergencies, including timely and adequate referral to hospital. This descriptive study aims to identify substandard care (SSC) in PPH after home birth in the Netherlands. Sixty seven cases of PPH reported by community-based midwives were collected. After applying selection criteria, seven cases were submitted to audit. The audit panel consisted of 12 midwives (of which seven contributed a case), 10 obstetricians, an educational expert and an ambulance paramedic. First, an individual assessment was performed by all members. Subsequently, at a plenary audit meeting, SSC factors were determined and assigned incidental, minor and major substandard care. PMID:24371910

  13. Referral rates and waiting lists: some empirical evidence.

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    Goddard, J A; Tavakoli, M

    1998-09-01

    This paper provides some empirical evidence on topics discussed at greater length in a recent paper in Health Economics (Goddard, J.A., Malek, M. and Tavakoli, M. Health Economics 1995; 4: 41-55), which modelled the relationship between referral rates and waiting lists for hospital treatment for non-urgent conditions within a queuing theory framework. Here, we estimate a version of the demand function used in this model, with panel data for Scottish Health Board Areas during the period 1990-1992. Separate models are estimated for each of six broadly defined 'waiting list' specialisms, for which we have data on referral rates and waiting times. The six specialisms are General Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Urology. PMID:9809711

  14. Profiling outpatient workload: practice variations between consultant firms and hospitals in south west England.

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    Faulkner, A C; Harvey, I M; Peters, T J; Sharp, D J; Frankel, S J

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To describe the variation in outpatient new to old ratios between consultants and between providers for seven high volume specialties (four surgical, three medical). DESIGN: This was a descriptive study at consultant and provider unit level based upon patient administration system data from the South and West Regional Health Authority for the financial year 1992-93. Additional components of variance analysis was used to distinguish individual consultant effects from host institution effects. SETTING: The former South Western Regional Health Authority area from Gloucestershire to Cornwall. SUBJECTS: Altogether 345 consultant firms in seven specialties grouped into 13 provider unit groups. MAIN MEASURES: New to old ratio, omitting elective inpatients followed up as outpatients. RESULTS: Variation between consultants is greater in surgical than in medical specialties, while absolute levels of new to old ratios tend to be higher in surgical specialties than in medical. Variation between provider unit groups is also greater in surgical specialties. Analysis of variance shows that more total variance is attributable to provider unit group in gynaecology than in other specialties. CONCLUSIONS: Within individual specialties there is evidence of substantial variation that is not attributable to underlying differences in morbidity patterns. There is evidence of marked variation in terms of both individual consultants and institutions, a finding that provides the springboard for further analytical work. Published routine outpatient activity statistics should distinguish between new referrals, inpatient follow up, and clinic rebookings. PMID:9229062

  15. [Correct and timely referral of patients to centers of reference].

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    Costa, Joana; Valença-Filipe, Rita; Rodrigues, Jorge

    2013-01-01

    The correct and timely referral of patients, from peripheral hospitals, without specialized surgical care, namely in hand surgery, like Plastic Surgery or Orthopedics is of crucial importance. The authors report the case of a patient that presents in the Plastic Surgery Department with a chronic infection of the hypothenar eminence of the right hand. The clinical history suggests the persistence of a foreign body, despite two previous surgical procedures for removal, performed in the residence hospital. Surgical exploration was performed and the foreign body was removed without complications. The intent of this presentation is to alert for the importance of the timely referral of patients that can benefit of specialized care, namely of plastic surgery, when this is no possible in the residence hospital, in view of better health care and better patient treatment. PMID:23809751

  16. Model Information and Referral Systems: A Bridge to the Future.

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    Shanahan, James L.; And Others

    This pamphlet focuses on the concept of information and referral (I&R) as a system and describes seven highly effective I&R systems that bring together people in need with the human service agencies that can help them. It is noted that when thinking in terms of I&R systems, attention must be directed to the overall quality of the structures and…

  17. Assessment and Policy for Commercial Driver License Referrals

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    Miller, Christopher M.; Khanna, Amit; Strohl, Kingman P.

    2007-01-01

    This report describes experiences, subsequent action, and policy recommendations regarding sleep disorders assessment of veterans in relation to a commercial driver medical examiner referral. A series of 6 veterans were seen in our sleep clinic, presenting with an order from a commercial driver medical examiner (CDME) for polysomnography and/or Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (PSG/MSLT). We searched the literature for an evidence-based justification for handling this referral, and we concluded that there is neither federal policy nor current evidence to suggest that any current diagnostic test, including PSG/MSLT and/or MWT, is capable of predicting which individual drivers are at risk for fall-asleep crashes. The best indicator of risk is self-reported sleepiness, regardless of cause. Thus, we concluded that an administrative request for a “PSG/MSLT” is not a rational use of VA resources. Procedures and a policy for the Cleveland VA system were developed to respond to the request for evaluation, recognizing that sleep problems and disorders other than sleep apnea may be present in this population. An educational component was an important feature of this response. We suspect that this approach may be appropriate for managed care systems in general. Citation: Miller CM; Khanna A; Strohl KP. Assessment and policy for commercial driver license referrals. J Clin Sleep Med 2007;3(4):417-423. PMID:17694732

  18. Assessment of Consultation and Intervention Implementation: A Review of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation Studies

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    Collier-Meek, Melissa A.; Sanetti, Lisa M. H.

    2014-01-01

    Reviews of treatment outcome literature indicate treatment integrity is not regularly assessed. In consultation, two levels of treatment integrity (i.e., consultant procedural integrity [CPI] and intervention treatment integrity [ITI]) provide relevant implementation data. Specifically, assessment of CPI and ITI are necessary to conclude (a)…

  19. Trends in pediatric cardiology referrals, testing, and satisfaction at a Canadian tertiary centre.

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    Caddell, Andrew J; Wong, Kenny K; Barker, Andrew P; Warren, Andrew E

    2015-01-01

    Anecdotal and European evidence suggests that outpatient pediatric referrals and their diagnostic testing burden are increasing. We sought to characterize new pediatric cardiology referrals, testing performed, outcomes, and patient satisfaction in a Canadian academic hospital and how these had changed over time. Clinical data were extracted from new outpatient consultations to the IWK Children's Heart Centre between August 1, 2011 and August 17, 2012 and compared with similar local data collected in July-February 2002 using χ(2) testing. Predictors of significant differences were sought using regression analysis. Satisfaction data were collected from a validated patient questionnaire, and 620 new outpatients were evaluated. Organic disease was more likely in younger patients (odds ratio [OR], 2.7; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.8-4.0) or in patients referred by pediatricians (OR, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.6-3.3). Odds of echocardiography being performed were significantly increased if patients were younger than 1 year (OR, 2.0; 95% CI, 1.3-3.0), were seen at outreach clinics (OR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.2-2.3), or were referred by pediatricians (OR, 3.7; 95% CI, 2.6-5.3). Cardiologists differed significantly in ordering echocardiograms for referred patients (P = 0.002). The patients referred in the current era have significantly less organic disease than did those in 2002 (27% vs 37%; P = 0.007), but they underwent significantly more echocardiography (58% vs 38%; P < 0.001) and Holter monitoring (12% vs 4%; P = 0.001). Satisfaction results were high and unrelated to diagnostic testing. Pediatric cardiology referrals in Maritime Canada have increased in volume, consistent with changes seen at other centres. This, coupled with changing cardiac investigations, has increased testing burden. Individual cardiologists affected the odds of echocardiography being ordered. Satisfaction with services was high, with no predictors identified. PMID:25547558

  20. The Relationship between Gender of Consultant and Social Power Perceptions within School Consultation. Research Brief

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    Erchul, William P.; Raven, Bertram H.; Wilson, Kristen E.

    2004-01-01

    This study's focus was on school psychologists' perceived effectiveness of 11 social power bases (Raven, 1993) that may be drawn upon when consulting with initially resistant teachers. Specifically, the relationship between consultant gender and perceptions of power base effectiveness was examined. The Interpersonal Power Inventory-Form CT…

  1. Impact of cardiology referral: clinical outcomes and factors associated with physicians' adherence to recommendations

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    Marques, André C; Calderaro, Daniela; Yu, Pai C; Gualandro, Danielle M; Carmo, Gabriel A L; Azevedo, Fernanda R; Pastana, Adriana F; Lima, Eneas M O; Monachini, Maristela; Caramelli, Bruno

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Cardiology referral is common for patients admitted for non-cardiac diseases. Recommendations from cardiologists may involve complex and aggressive treatments that could be ignored or denied by other physicians. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcomes of patients who were given recommendations during cardiology referrals and to examine the clinical outcomes of patients who did not follow the recommendations. METHODS: We enrolled 589 consecutive patients who received in-hospital cardiology consultations. Data on recommendations, implementation of suggestions and outcomes were collected. RESULTS: Regarding adherence of the referring service to the recommendations, 77% of patients were classified in the adherence group and 23% were classified in the non-adherence group. Membership in the non-adherence group (p<0.001; odds ratio: 10.25; 95% CI: 4.45-23.62) and advanced age (p = 0.017; OR: 1.04; 95% CI: 1.01-1.07) were associated with unfavorable outcomes. Multivariate analysis identified four independent predictors of adherence to recommendations: follow-up notes in the medical chart (p<0.001; OR: 2.43; 95% CI: 1.48-4.01); verbal reinforcement (p = 0.001; OR: 1.86; 95% CI: 1.23-2.81); a small number of recommendation (p = 0.001; OR: 0.87; 95% CI: 0.80-0.94); and a younger patient age (p = 0.002; OR: 0.98; 95% CI: 0.96-0.99). CONCLUSIONS: Poor adherence to cardiology referral recommendations was associated with unfavorable clinical outcomes. Follow-up notes in the medical chart, verbal reinforcement, a limited number of recommendations and a patient age were associated with greater adherence to recommendations. PMID:25518017

  2. A model for assessment and referral of clients with bowel symptoms in community pharmacies.

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    Sriram, Deepa; McManus, Alexandra; Emmerton, Lynne M; Parsons, Richard W; Jiwa, Moyez

    2016-04-01

    Background To expedite diagnosis of serious bowel disease, efforts are required to signpost patients with high-risk symptoms to appropriate care. Community pharmacies are a recognized source of health advice regarding bowel symptoms. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a validated self-administered questionnaire, Jodi Lee Test (JLT), for detection, triage, and referral of bowel symptoms suggestive of carcinoma, in pharmacies. Method 'Usual Practice' was monitored for 12 weeks in 21 pharmacies in Western Australia, documenting outcomes for 84 clients presenting with bowel symptoms. Outcome measures were: acceptance of verbal advice from the pharmacist; general practitioner consultation; and diagnosis. Trial of the JLT involved staff training in the research protocol and monitoring of outcomes for 80 recruited clients over 20 weeks. Utility of the JLT was assessed by post-trial survey of pharmacy staff. Results Significantly more referrals were made by staff using the JLT than during Usual Practice: 30 (38%) vs 17 (20%). Clients' acceptance of referrals was also higher for the intervention group (40% vs 6%). Two-thirds of pharmacy staff agreed that the JLT could be incorporated into pharmacy practice, and 70% indicated they would use the JLT in the future. Conclusion A pre-post design was considered more appropriate than a randomized control trial due to an inability to match pharmacies. Limitations of this study were: lack of control over adherence to the study protocol by pharmacy staff; no direct measure of client feedback on the JLT; and loss to follow-up. The JLT was effective in prompting decision-making by pharmacy staff and inter-professional care between pharmacies and general practice, in triage of clients at risk of bowel cancer. PMID:26700973

  3. Executive Searches and the Use of Consultants

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    Atwell, Robert H.

    2009-01-01

    Formerly, search consultants were used in higher education at only a small number of institutions--and even there, only when recruiting presidents. But over the years, the industry has grown to the point that many large and small firms now compete for higher education searches, including ones for administrators and even some for endowed faculty,…

  4. Occupational illness and poison control centers. Referral patterns and service needs.

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    Blanc, P. D.; Maizlish, N.; Hiatt, P.; Olson, K. R.; Rempel, D.

    1990-01-01

    In a study of occupational illness reported to a regional poison control center and to gauge the center's outreach and services, we did follow-up interviews of 301 case contacts over a 6-month period. We ascertained referral routes, reasons for contacting the poison control center, and awareness of the center's function. For 122 cases a nonphysician was the initial poison control center contact. Of the nonphysician contacts, 41 had already consulted a health care provider and been referred to the poison control center for assistance. Of the 70 persons with exposure, only 21 had been aware before their exposures that poison control center services might include occupational chemical illness consultation. Physicians and nonphysicians expressed similar reasons for contacting the poison control center, with 118 of 301 identifying the need for an exposure hazard risk assessment. These data suggest that although those contacting a poison control center because of occupational illness include a variety of cases, they have many similar service needs. PMID:2305574

  5. Consultation and Decision Processes in a Research and Development Laboratory

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    Smith, Clagett G.

    1970-01-01

    Study of relationship between consultation and decision processes in an industrial research laboratory showed the efficacy of multidirectional consultation coupled with a pattern of shared, decentralized decision making. (Author/KJ)

  6. Toward a Feminist and Multicultural Model of Consultation and Advocacy

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    Hoffman, Mary Ann; Phillips, Elaine L.; Noumair, Debra A.; Shullman, Sandra; Geisler, Carol; Gray, Jacque; Homer, Judith; Horne, Sharon; Paulk, Diana L.; Remer, Randa; Robinson, Shelagh; Rocha-Singh, Indra; Tinsley, Diane J.; Toporek, Rebecca; Ziegler, Donna

    2006-01-01

    The authors present core ideas or constructs that might be integral to a feminist and multicultural model of consultation. According to the model, the structure of consultation is (a) nonhierarchical and (b) an open triad (incorporating extrapersonal and outside factors). The process of consultation is (c) culturally responsive and (d) empowering.…

  7. Consultation-liaison psychiatry and clinical ethics: a model for consultation and teaching.

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    Hayes, J R

    1986-11-01

    The consultation-liaison psychiatrist is often expected to perform the role of clinical ethicist or moral arbiter in the course of responding to psychiatric consultations. This article develops the idea that certain aspects of good consultation-liaison skills make this appropriate and consultation-liaison psychiatrists ought not to shy away from helping with difficult ethical problems. However, a systematic approach to clinical ethics is usually not part of consultation-liaison training. Two simple conceptual models can provide such a systematic approach and can be used in any clinical setting. The two models can also be easily taught and lend themselves to use in structuring teaching or case conferences about clinical ethics. The first model comes from formal philosophy (summarized by Veatch) and is a four-step hierarchy of levels of moral discourse. The other model comes from clinical medicine, based on work by Siegler, and provides another four-point checklist, this time of areas that must be considered in each decision. This article presents each of these four-point frameworks, alludes to the large amount of work that underpins these ostensibly simple models, and offers a case for demonstration/discussion of how the consultation-liaison psychiatrist use the models for structuring clinical ethical decision making and teaching. PMID:3792831

  8. Free Universities and Learning Referral Centers, 1978.

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    Calvert, Robert, Jr.; Draves, William A.

    Data on free universities and learning centers (including the addresses of the institutions) are presented. In a survey developed by the Free University Network for the National Center for Education Statistics, statistics on the free universities and learning centers are provided in the following areas: numbers of institutions, enrollment data,…

  9. TCARE: Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral

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    Montgomery, Rhonda; Kwak, Jung

    2008-01-01

    Care managers, including nurses and social workers, often lack information that would help them more effectively target services to caregivers' needs. Useful information includes the type of services that will be most helpful for caregivers and the best time to start using these services. Generally, caregivers are simply told what services they…

  10. [Teacher Referral Information and Statistical Information Forms.

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    Short, N. J.

    This rating information form used to refer children to the PIC program, elicits information concerning the child's emotional, cognitive, and personality development. See TM 001 111 for details of the program in which it is used. (DLG)

  11. Community resources for psychiatric and psychosocial problems. Family physicians' referral patterns in urban Ontario.

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    Craven, M. A.; Allen, C. J.; Kates, N.

    1995-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To document the number and pattern of psychiatric and psychosocial referrals to community resources by family physicians (FPs) and to determine whether referral practices correlate with physician variables. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of referrals by FPs to 34 key psychiatric and psychosocial community resources identified by a panel of FPs, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, public health nurses, and the local community information service. SETTING: Regional municipality of 434,000 persons in Ontario. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-seven of 34 (79%) community agencies identified 261 FPs who made 4487 referrals to participating agencies (range 0 to 65, median 15, mean 17.19 +/- 13.42). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of referrals to all agencies; variables, such as physician sex, school of graduation, year of graduation, and certificate status in the College of Family Physicians of Canada, related to referral patterns. RESULTS: Referrals to outpatient psychiatric clinics, support services, and general counseling services accounted for 96% of all referrals. Physicians' average annual referral profile was as follows: 8.6 patients to a support service, 6.3 to an outpatient psychiatric service, 1.6 to a counseling service, and 0.46 to a substance abuse service. Referral profiles of individual physicians varied greatly. Female FPs made fewer referrals than male FPs to support services, but both made similar numbers of referrals to psychiatric, counseling, and substance abuse services. The more recent the year of graduation, the greater the number of referrals to psychiatric (r = 0.158, P = 0.0107) and counseling services (r = 0.137, P = 0.0272) and the higher the fraction of referrals to psychiatric services (r = 0.286, P = 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Family physicians in Hamilton-Wentworth made few referrals to psychiatric and psychosocial services. Only physician sex and year of graduation correlated significantly with numbers of referrals made. Recent

  12. Population-Based Analysis of Hematologic Malignancy Referrals to a Comprehensive Cancer Center, Referrals for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and Participation in Clinical Trial, Survey, and Biospecimen Research by Race.

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    Clay, Alyssa; Peoples, Brittany; Zhang, Yali; Moysich, Kirsten; Ross, Levi; McCarthy, Philip; Hahn, Theresa

    2015-08-01

    Racial and ethnic disparities have been reported in clinical trial/research participation, utilization of autologous and allogeneic blood and marrow transplantation (BMT), and availability of allogeneic donors. We performed a population-based cohort study to investigate adult hematologic malignancy referrals to a US tertiary cancer center, utilization of BMT, and participation in clinical trial, survey, and biospecimen research by race. US Census Data and the New York State Public Access Cancer Epidemiology Database identified the racial distribution of the general population and new hematologic malignancy cases in the primary catchment area. From 2005 to 2011, 1106 patients aged 18 to 75 years were referred for BMT consultation; although the rate of BMT among hematologic malignancy referrals did not differ by race, the reasons for not receiving a BMT did. Participation in biospecimen research did not vary by race; however, African Americans and other minorities were significantly less likely to participate in survey research than European Americans. Although rates of hematologic malignancy referrals and use of BMT for minorities appear to be low (<10%), they closely reflect the race distribution of all hematologic malignancy cases and the western New York population. African Americans are equally likely as other races to participate in biospecimen banking, but further study is needed to understand reasons for lower participation in survey research. PMID:25899454

  13. [Body packer: review and experience in a referral hospital].

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    Madrazo, Zoilo; Silvio-Estaba, Leonardo; Secanella, Luis; García-Barrasa, Arantxa; Aranda, Humberto; Golda, Thomas; Biondo, Sebastiano; Rafecas, Antoni

    2007-09-01

    Smuggling of illicit drugs by concealing them within the human body (body packer) is a medical-legal issue that has increased in the last few decades. Physicians, especially those working in the emergency department, should be familiar with the diagnostic and therapeutic management -usually conservative management- of this type of patient and their possible complications. The present article reviews the general concepts and physiopathology associated with transport of packages in the digestive tract and describes the experience of a referral hospital with a protocol specifically designed for these patients. PMID:17916283

  14. Developing satisfied and talented consultants

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    Greenwood, Sarah; Higgs, Helen

    2007-07-01

    It has been well documented that the ageing, male dominated profile of the workforce in the UK nuclear industry will not support the forecasted nuclear renaissance. Based upon the aspects of age, gender and level of education, there is an existing shortfall in available knowledgeable resource to undertake and manage the extensive new build, operational and decommissioning programmes. The 2005 Nuclear Employers Survey advised the industry to recruit and train more: - young and qualified people. - experienced and qualified people from outside the industry. The future for the UK nuclear industry lies with people in their 20's and 30's. It is essential that not just technical talent but also managerial talent be identified early and that they are nourished and allowed to flourish. (authors)

  15. NICU consultants and support staff

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    ... x-rays and other imaging tests, such as barium enemas and ultrasounds. Pediatric radiologists have extra training ... make body parts easier to see, as with barium enemas. X-rays of bones are also commonly ...

  16. Capacity and Charter Project Consultation.

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    Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.

    The 25 colleges of Ontario's Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology have strategic directions built upon new programs services, accessible diverse learning options, state-of-the-art learning technology, innovative alliances with business and education, and inter-institutional resource sharing. Yet the implementation of these strategic directions…

  17. 43 CFR 10005.7 - Agency consultation and public involvement.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Agency consultation and public involvement... COMMISSION'S MITIGATION AND CONSERVATION PLAN § 10005.7 Agency consultation and public involvement. The Commission considers agency consultation and public involvement to be central components of the...

  18. State of the Science in the Assessment and Management of Severe Behavior Problems in School Settings: Behavior Analytic Consultation to Schools

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    Mueller, Michael M.; Nkosi, Ajamu

    2007-01-01

    In school settings, behavior analysts are often called in to consult on severe behavioral issues that surpass the knowledge, experience, and training of local school personnel. Severe behavior such as aggression to staff, SIB, and property destruction are common severe behavior referrals. The benefits of functional assessments, functional…

  19. 45 CFR 400.57 - Planning and consultation process.

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    2012-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 2 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Planning and consultation process. 400.57 Section... Refugee Cash Assistance § 400.57 Planning and consultation process. A State that wishes to establish a public/private RCA program must engage in a planning and consultation process with the local...

  20. 45 CFR 400.57 - Planning and consultation process.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Planning and consultation process. 400.57 Section... Refugee Cash Assistance § 400.57 Planning and consultation process. A State that wishes to establish a public/private RCA program must engage in a planning and consultation process with the local...

  1. 45 CFR 400.57 - Planning and consultation process.

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    2013-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 2 2013-10-01 2012-10-01 true Planning and consultation process. 400.57 Section... Refugee Cash Assistance § 400.57 Planning and consultation process. A State that wishes to establish a public/private RCA program must engage in a planning and consultation process with the local...

  2. 45 CFR 400.57 - Planning and consultation process.

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    2014-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 2 2014-10-01 2012-10-01 true Planning and consultation process. 400.57 Section... Refugee Cash Assistance § 400.57 Planning and consultation process. A State that wishes to establish a public/private RCA program must engage in a planning and consultation process with the local...

  3. Patterns in Office Referral Data by Grade, Race/Ethnicity and Gender

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    Kaufman, Joy S.; Jaser, Sarah S.; Vaughan, Ellen L.; Reynolds, Jesse S.; Di Donato, John; Bernard, Stanley N.; Hernandez-Brereton, Maria

    2014-01-01

    Research supports that office referral data is useful in informing programmatic decisions and in planning interventions such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Knowledge of the different patterns of office referrals may facilitate the development of interventions that are targeted to specific groups of students. This study examines patterns in office referrals within an urban district by gender, race/ethnicity and grade. Findings reveal that there are clear differences by grade that appear to be related to developmental level, with greater numbers of referrals for aggression in younger students (grades K-8), greater numbers of referrals for disrespectful behavior in middle school students (grades 7–8), and greater numbers of referrals for attendance problems in high school students. There were also gender differences in the rate and type of referrals, with significantly more referrals for boys’ delinquent and aggressive behavior than girls, which may relate to how schools define unacceptable behavior and the method used to collect this data. Finally, there were differences by race/ethnicity, in that there were significantly more referrals for African American/black students than Hispanic students, which suggest that schools need to consider students’ racial/ethnic background in the development of behavioral expectations. PMID:25580076

  4. Health service delivery and research outcomes of a common departmental structure for psychiatric consultation-liaison and social work services at a university hospital.

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    Hammer, J S; Strain, J J; Lyons, J S

    1991-03-01

    Convincing evidence exists that psychosocial factors have a major impact on both outcome and costs in the medical/surgical services in general hospitals. This paper describes the Human Services Department's impact on social work and consultation-liaison psychiatry, using a data-based management system across five specialties: 1) social work; 2) consultation-liaison psychiatry; 3) supportive care (hospice); 4) home care (home health discharge planning); and 5) pastoral care, which offers opportunities for research and quality assurance monitoring. Time spent in service delivery was used to estimate the cost per hour: 1) pastoral care $96; 2) social work $36; 3) consultation-liaison psychiatry $59; 4) home care $49. Referral to social work was preferred for a range of family and discharge planning services. Consultation-liaison services were preferred for depression, paranoid behavior, and management problems. Referral overlap was noted for "coping with diagnosis" for social work and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Using a computerized data base format for documenting the referral process, work accomplished, and time spent among those services providing mental health care in the general hospital permits the observation of redundancy of services delivered and their costs. PMID:1903755

  5. Referral Pattern and Special Interests in Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: A Turkish Referred Sample

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    Tanidir, Canan; Mukaddes, Nahit M.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: To investigate the most frequent reasons for referral, the most common special interests, age at first referral to a mental health service, and the age of diagnosis in children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome living in Turkey. Methods: This study includes 61 children and adolescents diagnosed with Asperger syndrome using…

  6. Mental Health and Substance Use: A Qualitative Study of Resident Assistants' Attitudes and Referral Practices

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    Reingle, Jennifer; Thombs, Dennis; Osborn, Cynthia; Saffian, Steven; Oltersdorf, Dan

    2010-01-01

    This study described mental health and substance use referral practices of resident assistants (RAs). Interviews were conducted with 48 RAs at three campuses. RAs generally had positive attitudes toward helping residents, and believed that existing norms supported their referral actions. However, many perceived referring residents to be…

  7. Red eyes and red-flags: improving ophthalmic assessment and referral in primary care

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    Kilduff, Caroline; Lois, Charis

    2016-01-01

    Up to five percent of primary care consultations are eye-related, yet 96% of General Practitioners (GPs) do not undergo postgraduate ophthalmology training. Most do not feel assured performing eye assessments. Some red eye conditions can become sight threatening, and often exhibit red-flag features. These features include moderate pain, photophobia, reduced visual acuity (VA), eye-trauma, or unilateral marked redness. The aim of this project was to improve primary care assessment and referral of patients presenting with red-flag features based on the NICE ‘Red Eye’ Clinical Knowledge Summary recommendations. Data was collected retrospectively from 139 red eye consultations. A practice meeting highlighted poor awareness of red-flag features, low confidence levels in eye assessments, and time-constraints during appointments. Interventions were based on feedback from staff. These included a primary care teaching session on red-flag features, a VA measurement tutorial, and provision of a red eye toolkit, including VA equipment, to each consultation room. At baseline, each patient had on average 0.9 red-flag features assessed. Only 36.0% (9/25) of patients with red-flag features were appropriately referred to same-day ophthalmology services. Following two improvement cycles, a significant improvement was seen in almost every parameter. On average, each patient had 2.7 red-flag features assessed (vs 0.9, p<0.001). VA was assessed in 55.6% of consultations (vs 7.9%, p<0.001), pain was quantified in 81.5% (vs 20.9%, p=0.005), eye-trauma or foreign-body (51.8% vs 8.6%, p<0.001), extent of redness was documented in 66.7% (vs 14.4%, p<0.001). Only photophobia remained poorly assessed (18.5% vs 14.4%, p=0.75). Following this, 75.0% (6/8) of patients were appropriately referred. This project reflected the literature regarding low confidence and inexperience amongst GPs when faced with ophthalmic conditions. Improvements in education are required to ensure accurate

  8. Dutch general practitioners' referral of children to specialists: a comparison between 1987 and 2001

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    Otters, Hanneke; van der Wouden, Johannes C; Schellevis, François G; van Suijlekom-Smit, Lisette W A; Koes, Bart W

    2004-01-01

    Background: Although children are frequently referred to specialists, detailed information on referral patterns of them is scarce. Even less information is available on how referral patterns evolve over time. Aims: To examine current referral patterns for children aged 0–17 years and compare these with referral patterns reported for 1987. Design of study: Data were analysed from two national cross-sectional surveys, performed in 2001 (91 general practices) and in 1987 (103 general practices). Setting: Dutch general practice. Method: All new referrals to specialists were assessed by age, sex, International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC) category, specialty referred to, and specific episodes of disease. Referral measures were quantified as new referrals per 1000 person–years and per 100 new episodes, a measure of likelihood of a young person with a specific diagnosis to be referred. Rates in 2001 were compared with those from 1987. Results: Referral rates decreased from 138 per 1000 person–years in 1987, to 84 per 1000 person–years in 2001. Age differences in referral rates were similar in both surveys. Compared with 1987, more boys than girls were referred to specialists. The overall likelihood of a condition being referred decreased from 8.0 per 100 episodes in 1987 to 6.5 per 100 episodes in 2001. Reasons for referral had also changed by 2001, particularly for the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist and ophthalmologist. Moreover, referral rates for acute otitis media, refractive disorders, and vision problems decreased two- to fourfold in 2001. Conclusion: Presently, Dutch general practitioners tend to manage more health problems themselves and refer less young people to specialists. PMID:15527611

  9. Parents with Learning Disabilities and Speech and Language Therapy. A Service Evaluation of Referrals and Episodes of Care

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    Stansfield, Jois

    2012-01-01

    The speech and language therapy (SLT) service in an area of northern England receives referrals of parents who have learning disabilities. The aim of this study was to identify current referral patterns and quantify the level of demand upon the SLT service from this relatively new referral population to enable to service to meet the needs of these…

  10. 45 CFR 162.1302 - Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction.

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    2010-10-01

    ... authorization transaction. 162.1302 Section 162.1302 Public Welfare DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... Authorization § 162.1302 Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction. The Secretary adopts the following standards for the referral certification and authorization transaction: (a) For...

  11. 24 CFR 103.100 - Notification and referral to substantially equivalent State or local agencies.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Notification and referral to substantially equivalent State or local agencies. 103.100 Section 103.100 Housing and Urban Development... may accept interim referrals under 24 CFR part 115 with regard to the alleged discriminatory...

  12. 32 CFR 516.34 - Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation.

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    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation. 516.34 Section 516.34 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY... States Medical Care and Property Claims § 516.34 Referral of medical care and property claims...

  13. 32 CFR 516.34 - Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation.

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    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2012-07-01 2009-07-01 true Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation. 516.34 Section 516.34 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY... States Medical Care and Property Claims § 516.34 Referral of medical care and property claims...

  14. 32 CFR 516.34 - Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2011-07-01 2009-07-01 true Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation. 516.34 Section 516.34 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY... States Medical Care and Property Claims § 516.34 Referral of medical care and property claims...

  15. 32 CFR 516.34 - Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation.

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    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Referral of medical care and property claims for litigation. 516.34 Section 516.34 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY... States Medical Care and Property Claims § 516.34 Referral of medical care and property claims...

  16. 45 CFR 162.1302 - Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction.

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    2012-10-01

    ... authorization transaction. 162.1302 Section 162.1302 Public Welfare DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... Authorization § 162.1302 Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction. The Secretary adopts the following standards for the referral certification and authorization transaction: (a) For...

  17. 45 CFR 162.1302 - Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... authorization transaction. 162.1302 Section 162.1302 Public Welfare Department of Health and Human Services... Authorization § 162.1302 Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction. The Secretary adopts the following standards for the referral certification and authorization transaction: (a) For...

  18. 45 CFR 162.1302 - Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... authorization transaction. 162.1302 Section 162.1302 Public Welfare DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... Authorization § 162.1302 Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction. The Secretary adopts the following standards for the referral certification and authorization transaction: (a) For...

  19. Service Coordinators' Perceptions of Autism-Specific Screening and Referral Practices in Early Intervention

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    Pizur-Barnekow, Kris; Muusz, Marta; McKenna, Catherine; O'Connor, Emily; Cutler, Ann

    2013-01-01

    Service coordinators in a statewide early intervention program were surveyed to develop an understanding of screening and referral practices to identify children on the autism spectrum. Quantitative and qualitative data summarizing autism-specific screening and referral practices are reported. More than 50% of the respondents reported that they…

  20. An Information and Referral Model for Improving Self-Help Group Utilization.

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    Wollert, Richard

    This paper describes the Self-Help Information Service (SIS), and summarizes data evaluating the program. Associated with a generally focused information and referral service (I&R), SIS was designed to facilitate research on self-help groups. Its specific goals were to develop and maintain a telephone referral service disseminating self-help group…

  1. 42 CFR 422.105 - Special rules for self-referral and point of service option.

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    2013-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 3 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Special rules for self-referral and point of... Benefits and Beneficiary Protections § 422.105 Special rules for self-referral and point of service option...) Point of service option. As a general rule, a POS benefit is an option that an MA organization may...

  2. 42 CFR 422.105 - Special rules for self-referral and point of service option.

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    2012-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 3 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Special rules for self-referral and point of... Benefits and Beneficiary Protections § 422.105 Special rules for self-referral and point of service option...) Point of service option. As a general rule, a POS benefit is an option that an MA organization may...

  3. 42 CFR 422.105 - Special rules for self-referral and point of service option.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 3 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Special rules for self-referral and point of... Benefits and Beneficiary Protections § 422.105 Special rules for self-referral and point of service option...) Point of service option. As a general rule, a POS benefit is an option that an MA organization may...

  4. Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.

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    Levy, Sharon J L; Williams, Janet F

    2016-07-01

    The enormous public health impact of adolescent substance use and its preventable morbidity and mortality highlight the need for the health care sector, including pediatricians and the medical home, to increase its capacity regarding adolescent substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). The American Academy of Pediatrics first published a policy statement on SBIRT and adolescents in 2011 to introduce SBIRT concepts and terminology and to offer clinical guidance about available substance use screening tools and intervention procedures. This clinical report provides a simplified adolescent SBIRT clinical approach that, in combination with the accompanying updated policy statement, guides pediatricians in implementing substance use prevention, detection, assessment, and intervention practices across the varied clinical settings in which adolescents receive health care. PMID:27325634

  5. 10 CFR 13.11 - Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ. 13.11 Section 13.11 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES § 13.11 Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ. Upon receipt of an answer, the reviewing official shall file the complaint...

  6. 20 CFR 355.11 - Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ. 355.11 Section 355.11 Employees' Benefits RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD ADMINISTRATIVE REMEDIES FOR FRAUDULENT CLAIMS OR STATEMENTS REGULATIONS UNDER THE PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES ACT OF 1986 § 355.11 Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ....

  7. 42 CFR 422.105 - Special rules for self-referral and point of service option.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 3 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Special rules for self-referral and point of... Beneficiary Protections § 422.105 Special rules for self-referral and point of service option. (a) Self... item or service is covered only if further action is taken by the enrollee. (b) Point of service...

  8. 5 CFR 185.111 - Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ. 185.111 Section 185.111 Administrative Personnel OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES § 185.111 Referral of complaint and answer to the ALJ. Upon...

  9. Neighborhood Communications Centers: Planning Information and Referral Services in The Urban Library.

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    Yin, Robert K.; And Others

    The potential development of information and referral (I&R) services in branch libraries was explored by examining five cases where such services have been initiated. The extent to which the public library system is appropriate for information and referral services was carefully examined in the light of its ability to carry on seven functions: (1)…

  10. An Employer's Guide to Child Care Consultants.

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    Eichman, Caroline

    This guide is designed to help employers hire a qualified child care consultant who will evaluate child care options in light of employees' needs and help develop and implement appropriate child care options. These options include: (1) establishment of a child care facility; (2) financial assistance; (3) a resource and referral service; (4)…

  11. Barriers to Home and Community-Based Service Referrals: The Physician's Role

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    Reder, Sheri; Hedrick, Susan; Guihan, Marylou; Miller, Sara

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to obtain information about Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) long-term care (LTC) referrals that could be used to develop interventions that increase the likelihood of referrals to home and community-based services (HCBS) instead of institutional care. This primarily qualitative study was conducted at five VA…

  12. Early Referral and Other Factors Affecting Vocational Rehabilitation Outcome for the Workers' Compensation Client.

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    Gardner, John A.

    1991-01-01

    Estimated benefits from systematic early referral of injured workers for vocational rehabilitation services. Used data from Florida workers' compensation cases closed in 1985 to estimate gains from referral for evaluation not later than six months from injury date. Concludes that social benefits could be nearly $10 million annually and that…

  13. Consultative Services in the Schools: A Model.

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    Chandler, Louis A.

    1980-01-01

    A model child evaluation center was established in a public school to demonstrate alternative methods for providing psychoeducational services, and function as a field training clinic for school psychologists. The center was successful in encouraging teachers to utilize consultative services, and in reducing referrals for psychological evaluation.…

  14. Psychiatric referrals during peace and wartimes: a Nigerian experience.

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    Okulate, Gbenga T

    2005-07-01

    Using a questionnaire administered by us, we sought to investigate the differences between patients referred to the psychiatric department of a Nigerian military general hospital during peacetime and those referred during the civil war in Liberia in which Nigerian soldiers were involved as peacekeepers. Referrals to psychiatry in peacetime were quite few but increased considerably during the period of combat in direct relation to the increase in the number of surgical wounded in action cases. Organic mental disorders and anxiety disorders were more frequently referred in peacetime than in war, whereas substance abuse disorders were more frequent during the combat period. Non-psychotic psychiatric conditions were less referred in the wartime group, partly because of nonrecognition at the mission areas and also because of recovery in front-line areas or consideration of their evacuation as a nonpriority. Mental health workers engaged at the mission areas require more training in the identification of such cases. PMID:16130633

  15. 20 CFR 416.919s - Authorizing and monitoring the consultative examination.

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    2010-04-01

    ... comprehensive oversight management of its consultative examination program, with special emphasis on key... providers, with respect to SSA's program requirements involving consultative examination report content and... management of their consultative examination programs. Procedures To Monitor the Consultative Examination...

  16. Pediatric Chiropractic Care: The Subluxation Question And Referral Risk.

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    Homola, Samuel

    2016-02-01

    Chiropractors commonly treat children for a variety of ailments by manipulating the spine to correct a 'vertebral subluxation' or a 'vertebral subluxation complex' alleged to be a cause of disease. Such treatment might begin soon after a child is born. Both major American chiropractic associations - the International Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association - support chiropractic care for children, which includes subluxation correction as a treatment or preventive measure. I do not know of any credible evidence to support chiropractic subluxation theory. Any attempt to manipulate the immature, cartilaginous spine of a neonate or a small child to correct a putative chiropractic subluxation should be regarded as dangerous and unnecessary. Referral of a child to a chiropractor for such treatment should not be considered lest a bad outcome harms the child or leads to a charge of negligence or malpractice. PMID:26806448

  17. Relationship between the Social and Demographic Characteristics of Post-Sentence Offenders and the Outcomes of Forensic Psychiatric Referrals.

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    Prandoni, Jogues R.

    1984-01-01

    Examined differences between offenders (N=240) by referral source, completion of referral, and recommendation for further services. The most substantial relationship was between source and outcome of referral, with probationers referred by probation officers more likely to be recommended for mental health services. (JAC)

  18. SBIRT as a Vital Sign for Behavioral Health Identification, Diagnosis, and Referral in Community Health Care

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    Dwinnells, Ronald

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this quasi-experimental design study was to examine the effectiveness of the behavioral health Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program at a community health center. The study group was twice as likely (25.3%) to have depression and substance abuse diagnosed compared with the control group (11.4%) (P <.001). Referral rates for the study group were more likely to occur (12.4%) compared with referral rates for the control group (1.0%) (P <.001); however, the kept appointment rates by patients for behavioral health problems referrals remained low for both groups. SBIRT was effectively utilized in a community health center, resulting in increased rates for diagnosis of behavioral health problems and referrals of patients. PMID:25964405

  19. Using Consultation to Support English Learners: The Experiences of Bilingual School Psychologists

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    O'Bryon, Elisabeth C.; Rogers, Margaret R.

    2016-01-01

    Through semi-structured interviews, this study explored 11 bilingual school psychologists' (BSPs) consultation experiences with teachers of English learners (EL) to determine referral concerns, recommendations made, challenges encountered, preparation experiences, and skills most needed. The most common referral issue concerned students' academic…

  20. A nationwide telepathology consultation and quality control program in China: implementation and result analysis

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    2014-01-01

    Background Telepathology may play an important role in pathology consultation and quality control for cancer diagnosis in China, as the country has the largest population of cancer patients worldwide. In 2011, the Pathology Quality Control Center of China and Ministry of Health developed and implemented a nationwide telepathology consultation and quality control program for cancer diagnosis in China. We here report the results of the two-year implementation and experiences. Methods the program built an Internet based telepathology platform to connect participating hospitals and expert consultants. The hardware and software used for the platform were validated in previous validation studies in China. The program had three regional centers consisting of Peking Union Medical College, Huasi Medical College of Sichuan and 2nd affiliated hospital of Zhejiang University. It also had 20 provincial consultation centers based in the provincial referral hospitals. 80 provincial or national pathologists served as expert consultants for the program, providing telepathology consultation for cancer diagnosis for more than 60 participating hospitals. Results from 2011 to July 2013, 16,247 pathology cases were submitted to the platform for consultation. Among them, 84% were due to diagnostic difficulty and 16% were due to request by patients. The preliminary diagnosis provided by submitting pathologists were in agreement with expert opinion in 59.8% of cases but was in disagreement with expert opinion in 24.2% of cases. 16.0% of cases were not provided with preliminary diagnosis. The distribution of pathology cases by system or organ were: digestive system, 17.3%; gynecologic system, 16.7%; head and neck, 15.7%; bone and soft tissue, 10.4%; lung and mediastinum, 8.6%; breast, 7.6%; urinary system, 7.5%; hematopathology, 6.4%; skin, 5.2%; neuropathology, 2.5% and cytopathology, 1.3%. Expert consultants also provided assessment of quality of slide preparation and staining, online

  1. Blurred lines: Performance Enhancement, Common Mental Disorders and Referral in the U.K. Athletic Population

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    Roberts, Claire-Marie; Faull, Andrea L.; Tod, David

    2016-01-01

    Through the awareness-raising efforts of several high-profile current and former athletes, the issue of common mental disorders (CMD) in this population is gaining increasing attention from researchers and practitioners alike. Yet the prevalence is unclear and most likely, under-reported. Whilst the characteristics of the sporting environment may generate CMD within the athletic population, it also may exacerbate pre-existing conditions, and hence it is not surprising that sport psychology and sport science practitioners are anecdotally reporting increased incidences of athletes seeking support for CMD. In a population where there are many barriers to reporting and seeking help for CMD, due in part to the culture of the high performance sporting environment, anecdotal reports suggest that those athletes asking for help are approaching personnel who they are most comfortable talking to. In some cases, this may be a sport scientist, the sport psychologist or sport psychology consultant. Among personnel in the sporting domain, there is a perception that the sport psychologist or sport psychology consultant is best placed to assist athletes seeking assistance for CMD. However, sport psychology as a profession is split by two competing philosophical perspectives; one of which suggests that sport psychologists should work exclusively with athletes on performance enhancement, and the other views the athlete more holistically and accepts that their welfare may directly impact on their performance. To add further complication, the development of the profession of sport psychology varies widely between countries, meaning that practice in this field is not always clearly defined. This article examines case studies that illustrate the blurred lines in applied sport psychology practice, highlighting challenges with the process of referral in the U.K. athletic population. The article concludes with suggestions for ensuring the field of applied sport psychology is continually

  2. Blurred lines: Performance Enhancement, Common Mental Disorders and Referral in the U.K. Athletic Population.

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    Roberts, Claire-Marie; Faull, Andrea L; Tod, David

    2016-01-01

    Through the awareness-raising efforts of several high-profile current and former athletes, the issue of common mental disorders (CMD) in this population is gaining increasing attention from researchers and practitioners alike. Yet the prevalence is unclear and most likely, under-reported. Whilst the characteristics of the sporting environment may generate CMD within the athletic population, it also may exacerbate pre-existing conditions, and hence it is not surprising that sport psychology and sport science practitioners are anecdotally reporting increased incidences of athletes seeking support for CMD. In a population where there are many barriers to reporting and seeking help for CMD, due in part to the culture of the high performance sporting environment, anecdotal reports suggest that those athletes asking for help are approaching personnel who they are most comfortable talking to. In some cases, this may be a sport scientist, the sport psychologist or sport psychology consultant. Among personnel in the sporting domain, there is a perception that the sport psychologist or sport psychology consultant is best placed to assist athletes seeking assistance for CMD. However, sport psychology as a profession is split by two competing philosophical perspectives; one of which suggests that sport psychologists should work exclusively with athletes on performance enhancement, and the other views the athlete more holistically and accepts that their welfare may directly impact on their performance. To add further complication, the development of the profession of sport psychology varies widely between countries, meaning that practice in this field is not always clearly defined. This article examines case studies that illustrate the blurred lines in applied sport psychology practice, highlighting challenges with the process of referral in the U.K. athletic population. The article concludes with suggestions for ensuring the field of applied sport psychology is continually

  3. The Westgate Service and Related Referral, Assessment, and Treatment Processes.

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    Bennett, Alice L

    2015-12-01

    The formerly named "Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder" (DSPD) units are no longer standalone services within the criminal justice system in England and Wales. These sites now provide personality disorder treatment services in the high-security prison estate as part of the new national Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway Strategy. The OPD Pathway intends to take responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and management of offenders who are likely to have a personality disorder and who present a high risk of re-offending (men and women) and serious harm to others (men). Further PD treatment and progression services are being commissioned in lower security prisons and in the community as part of the new PD Strategy. While the suitability criteria for the two male high-security PD treatment sites are the same, the individual units have their own assessment and treatment methods. This article aims to communicate the referral, assessment, and treatment methods employed within the prison-based Westgate Personality Disorder Treatment Service, HMP Frankland. PMID:24927739

  4. Critical consulting

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    Hocker, C.

    1993-02-01

    With increasing complexity in the power industry, consultants have become an indispensible element of any project development team. Top engineers and consultants today bring added value to their clients' projects.

  5. Delay to orthopedic consultation for isolated limb injury

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    Rouleau, Dominique M.; Feldman, Debbie Ehrmann; Parent, Stefan

    2009-01-01

    ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE To describe referral mechanisms for referral to orthopedic surgery for isolated limb injuries in a public health care system and to identify factors affecting access. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey. SETTING Orthopedic surgery service in a level 1 trauma centre in Montreal, Que. PARTICIPANTS We conducted a prospective study of 166 consecutive adults (mean age 48 years) referred to orthopedic surgery for isolated limb injuries during a 4-month period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Self-reported data on the nature of the trauma, the elapsed time between injury and orthopedic consultation, the number and type of previous primary care consultations, sociodemographic characteristics, and the level of satisfaction with care. RESULTS Average time between the injury and orthopedic consultation was 89 hours (range 3 to 642), with an average of 68 hours (range 0 to 642) for delay between primary care consultation and orthopedic consultation. A total of 36% of patients with time-sensitive diagnoses had unacceptable delays to orthopedic consultation according to the Quebec Orthopaedic Association guidelines. Lower limb injury, consulting first at another hospital, living far from the trauma centre, patient perception of low severity, and having a soft tissue injury were associated with longer delays. CONCLUSION Identifying gaps and risk factors for slower access might help improve referral mechanisms for orthopedic consultation. PMID:19826162

  6. Neglected ends: clinical ethics consultation and the prospects for closure.

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    Fiester, Autumn

    2015-01-01

    Clinical ethics consultations (CECs) are sometimes deemed complete at the moment when the consultants make a recommendation. In CECs that involve actual ethical conflict, this view of a consult's endpoint runs the risk of overemphasizing the conflict's resolution at the expense of the consult's process, which can have deleterious effects on the various parties in the conflict. This overly narrow focus on reaching a decision or recommendation in consults that involve profound moral disagreement can result in two types of adverse, lingering sequelae: moral distress or negative moral emotions. The problem, succinctly named, is that such consults have insufficient "closure" for patients, families, and providers. To promote closure, and avoid the ills of moral distress and the moral emotions, I argue that CECs need to prioritize assisted conversation between the different stakeholders in these conflicts, what is often referred to as "bioethics mediation." PMID:25562222

  7. Communication Training and Consulting in Business, Industry, and Government.

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    Buchholz, William J., Ed.

    Intended as a reference for training and consulting in the field of business communication, this book presents research, implements theory, and explores communication practices vital to all organizations. The titles of the essays and their authors are as follows: (1) "Communication Consulting--The State of the Art" (William J. Buchholz); (2) "The…

  8. Consultants' Handbook.

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    Tuttle, Lester E., Jr., Ed.; Hooker, Dennis A., Ed.

    Two conferences held in Florida in 1968 to prepare consultants to work with in-service professional and para-professional personnel serving migrant children in Florida, led to this analysis of consultant, consultee, and professional staff reactions. Characteristics of a consultant and when and how to use his services are outlined. It is shown how…

  9. Consultation on Higher Education and Social Justice: Statement and Conclusions

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    New Frontiers in Education, 1974

    1974-01-01

    A group of 35 educators, mostly principals and teachers of colleges, met at Bangalore, India in May 1974 for a 5-day consultation on higher education's role in the promotion of social justice. The final statement and other conclusions of the Consultation are presented. (Author/PG)

  10. Starting a nursing consultation practice.

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    Schulmeister, L

    1999-03-01

    Because the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role has been changed or eliminated in many hospital organizations, many CNSs in career transition are considering establishing collaborative or independent nursing consultation practices. Opportunities for consultants exist in diverse practice settings and specialties. Before starting a consultation practice, the CNS should carefully examine goals, identify resources, and begin contacting potential referral sources. He or she must also decide what form of business organization to establish and write a business plan to solidify ideas and prepare for the unexpected. Most CNS consultants rely on personal savings to cover initial business and personal expenses, and many continue working as a CNS until the consultation practice is established. Fees can be set based on community standards, what the market will bear, desired projected income, or a third-party payor's fee schedule. The consultation practice can be marketed by word of mouth, inexpensive advertising techniques such as distributing flyers and business cards, direct mall, and media advertising. In today's healthcare marketplace, opportunities abound for the CNS risk-taker interested in starting a nursing consultation practice. PMID:10382408

  11. Conducting an audit to improve the facilitation of emergency maternal and newborn referral in northern Ghana.

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    Awoonor-Williams, John Koku; Bailey, Patricia E; Yeji, Francis; Adongo, Ayire Emmanuel; Baffoe, Peter; Williams, Afua; Mercer, Sarah

    2015-10-01

    Ghana Health Service conducted an audit to strengthen the referral system for pregnant or recently pregnant women and newborns in northern Ghana. The audit took place in 16 facilities with two 3-month cycles of data collection in 2011. Midwife-led teams tracked 446 referred women until they received definitive treatment. Between the two audit cycles, teams identified and implemented interventions to address gaps in referral services. During this time period, we observed important increases in facilitating referral mechanisms, including a decrease in the dependence on taxis in favour of national or facility ambulances/vehicles; an increase in health workers escorting referrals to the appropriate receiving facility; greater use of referral slips and calling ahead to alert receiving facilities and higher feedback rates. As referral systems require attention from multiple levels of engagement, on the provider end we found that regional managers increasingly resolved staffing shortages; district management addressed the costliness and lack of transport and increased midwives' ability to communicate with pregnant women and drivers; and that facility staff increasingly adhered to guidelines and facilitating mechanisms. By conducting an audit of maternal and newborn referrals, the Ghana Health Service identified areas for improvement that service providers and management at multiple levels addressed, demonstrating a platform for problem solving that could be a model elsewhere. PMID:25833654

  12. The Theory and Application of Information and Referral Systems in the University of Maryland Residence Halls

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    Thoman, Cherie; Moore, Jerry E.

    1977-01-01

    This resource system consists of eight information and referral centers each housing a resource instrument (binders and flip chart), an operator, outreach staff, one mobile instrument, a systematic updating system and an evaluation system. (Author/DOW)

  13. Referral decisions of teachers and school psychologists for twice-exceptional students

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    Hoffman, Jennifer Marie

    The accurate and timely referral and identification of twice-exceptional students remains a challenge. In a statewide study, the referral decisions for both special education and gifted programming evaluations made by four participant groups (i.e., general education teachers, special education teachers, gifted education teachers, and school psychologists) were compared. Participants were randomly assigned to read one of three identically described students in a vignette that differed only in the presence of a diagnostic label--- autism spectrum disorder (ASD), specific learning disability (SLD), or no diagnostic label. In all, special education teachers made the most special education referrals, while gifted education teachers made the most gifted programming referrals, both regardless of the diagnostic label present. The students with diagnostic labels were recommended for special education referrals significantly more than for gifted programming, while this difference was not evident in the no diagnostic label condition. Moreover, the student with the ASD label was the most likely to be referred for evaluations for both special education and gifted programming out of all three vignette conditions. Overall findings indicated the importance of considering the referral source as well as how the presence of a diagnostic label might influence educational referral decisions, particularly in how this might influence overall multidisciplinary team decisions for these unique learners.

  14. Cardiac rehabilitation referral and enrolment across an academic health sciences centre with eReferral and peer navigation: a randomised controlled pilot trial

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    Ali-Faisal, Sobia F; Benz Scott, Lisa; Johnston, Lauren; Grace, Sherry L

    2016-01-01

    Objectives To describe (1) cardiac rehabilitation (CR) referral across cardiac units in a tertiary centre with eReferral; (2) characteristics associated with CR referral and enrolment and (3) the effects of peer navigation (PN) on referral and enrolment. This pilot was a 2 parallel-arm, randomised, single-blind trial with allocation concealment. Setting 3 cardiac units (ie, interventional, general cardiology, and cardiac surgery) in 1 of 2 hospitals of a tertiary centre. Participants CR-eligible adult cardiac inpatients were randomised to PN or usual care. 94 (54.7%) patients consented, of which 46 (48.9%) were randomised to PN. Outcomes were ascertained in 76 (80.9%) participants. Intervention The PN (1) visited participant at the bedside, (2) mailed a card to participant's home reminding about CR and (3) called participant 2 weeks postdischarge to discuss CR barriers. Outcome measures The primary outcome of enrolment was defined as participant attendance at a scheduled CR intake appointment (yes/no). The secondary outcome was referral. Blinded outcome assessment was conducted 12 weeks postdischarge, via CR chart extraction. Results Those who received care on the cardiac surgery unit (77.9%) were more likely to be referred than those treated on the general cardiology (61.1%) or interventional unit (33.3%; p=0.04). Patients who had cardiac surgery, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia were significantly more likely, and those with congenital heart disease, cancer and a previous cardiac diagnosis were less likely to be referred. Participants referred to a site closer to home (76.2% of those referred) were more likely to enrol than those not (23.7%, p<0.05). PN had no effect on referral (77.6%, p=0.45) or enrolment (46.0%, p=0.24). Conclusions There is wide variability in CR referral, even within academic centres, and despite eReferral. Referral was quite high, and thus, PN did not improve CR utilisation. Results support triaging patients to the CR programme closest

  15. Remote consulting based on ultrasonic digital immages and dynamic ultrasonic sequences

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    Margan, Anamarija; Rustemović, Nadan

    2006-03-01

    Telematic ultrasonic diagnostics is a relatively new tool in providing health care to patients in remote, islolated communities. Our project facility, "The Virtual Polyclinic - A Specialists' Consulting Network for the Islands", is located on the island of Cres in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia and has been extending telemedical services to the archipelago population since 2000. Telemedicine applications include consulting services by specialists at the University Clinical Hospital Center Rebro in Zagreb and at "Magdalena", a leading cardiology clinic in Croatia. After several years of experience with static high resolution ultrasonic digital immages for referral consulting diagnostics purposes, we now also use dynamic ultrasonic sequences in a project with the Department of Emmergency Gastroenterology at Rebro in Zagreb. The aim of the ongoing project is to compare the advantages and shortcomings in transmitting static ultrasonic digital immages and live sequences of ultrasonic examination in telematic diagnostics. Ultrasonic examination is a dynamic process in which the diagnostic accuracy is highly dependent on the dynamic moment of an ultrasound probe and signal. Our first results indicate that in diffuse parenchymal organ pathology the progression and the follow up of a disease is better presented to a remote consulting specialist by dynamic ultrasound sequences. However, the changes that involve only one part of a parenchymal organ can be suitably presented by static ultrasonic digital images alone. Furthermore, we need less time for digital imaging and such tele-consultations overall are more economical. Our previous telemedicine research and practice proved that we can greatly improve the level of medical care in remote healthcare facilities and cut healthcare costs considerably. The experience in the ongoing project points to a conclusion that we can further optimize remote diagnostics benefits by a right choice of telematic application thus reaching a

  16. Preparing Consultants for Multinational Consulting.

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    Tubbs, Stewart L.; And Others

    The three sections of this paper, written by General Motors Corporation employees from three different countries, discuss different aspects of communication consulting and factors involved in becoming a successful international organizational consultant. The first section, written by an American, outlines the need for communication consulting,…

  17. Evaluation and Referral of Children With Signs of Early Puberty.

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    Kaplowitz, Paul; Bloch, Clifford

    2016-01-01

    Concerns about possible early pubertal development are a common cause for referral to pediatric medical subspecialists. Several recent studies have suggested that onset of breast and/or pubic hair development may be occurring earlier than in the past. Although there is a chance of finding pathology in girls with signs of puberty before 8 years of age and in boys before 9 years of age, the vast majority of these children with signs of apparent puberty have variations of normal growth and physical development and do not require laboratory testing, bone age radiographs, or intervention. The most common of these signs of early puberty are premature adrenarche (early onset of pubic hair and/or body odor), premature thelarche (nonprogressive breast development, usually occurring before 2 years of age), and lipomastia, in which girls have apparent breast development which, on careful palpation, is determined to be adipose tissue. Indicators that the signs of sexual maturation may represent true, central precocious puberty include progressive breast development over a 4- to 6-month period of observation or progressive penis and testicular enlargement, especially if accompanied by rapid linear growth. Children exhibiting these true indicators of early puberty need prompt evaluation by the appropriate pediatric medical subspecialist. Therapy with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist may be indicated, as discussed in this report. PMID:26668298

  18. 33 CFR 230.25 - Environmental review and consultation requirements.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Environmental review and consultation requirements. 230.25 Section 230.25 Navigation and Navigable Waters CORPS OF ENGINEERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROCEDURES FOR IMPLEMENTING NEPA § 230.25 Environmental review and consultation requirements. See 40...

  19. Canine behaviour problems: discussions between veterinarians and dog owners during annual booster consultations.

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    Roshier, A L; McBride, E A

    2013-03-01

    The veterinary profession recently acknowledged its responsibility to provide behaviour support, following criticism for focussing on the physiological aspects of welfare and overlooking the psychological. To further understand the practising of behavioural medicine, a 'fly-on-the-wall' approach was used to investigate welfare discussions during dog booster vaccinations. Seventeen consultations involving six veterinarians in two UK small-animal practices were videoed. Qualitative methods were used to analyse themes discussed and questionnaires completed to obtain participant information and perceptions. Five main topics of discussion were identified: navigation, medical, husbandry, behaviour and cost. Veterinarians led the discussion of all topics except behaviour which was instigated approximately equally by veterinarian and client. All clients reported one or more behaviours that were a concern to them, totalling 58 across the sample. Disconcertingly, only 10 were discussed during consultations and none fully explored nor managed beyond the consultation. Behaviour discussion varies between veterinarians; this may reflect their experience, confidence or clients' requests. Owners access welfare information from a variety of sources, not always from veterinarians. Where sources are not knowledgeable, both human and animal welfare can be seriously compromised. Veterinarians need to ensure that clients are enabled to discuss behaviour issues and are provided with appropriate support, be that in-house or via referral. PMID:23457279

  20. 45 CFR 73.735-704 - Professional and consultative services.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 1 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Professional and consultative services. 73.735-704 Section 73.735-704 Public Welfare Department of Health and Human Services GENERAL ADMINISTRATION STANDARDS OF CONDUCT Outside Activities § 73.735-704 Professional and consultative services. (a) Employees may engage in outside professional...

  1. International Consultation and Training on Group Work in South Asia

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    Ibrahim, Farah A.

    2015-01-01

    This article presents a consultation and training for faculty and graduate students in South Asia under the auspices of the United Nations' Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN) Program. It describes the development of a consultation relationship and training on group work. Needs assessments focusing on both cultural…

  2. Surgical Pathology and Intraoperative Consultation: An Audit

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    GOLAM, Mostafa; QUEEN, Zarat

    2015-01-01

    Background: While intraoperative consultation has been used in Bangladesh for a long period of time, to date, there has been no published reporting on the performance of frozen sections. The current audit evaluates the performance of frozen sections in a well reputed medical center in Bangladesh, Anowara Medical Services. Objective: This retrospective study has been designed to measure the accuracy of frozen section diagnosis in a medical center in a third-world country, where many surgical procedures rely on intraoperative consultation. Methods: A series of 1379 intra- and peri-operative frozen section cases, from 2007 to 2014, was reviewed. Intraoperative tissue specimens received at Anowara Medical Services were processed for frozen sections. After examination of the frozen section that yielded the initial frozen section diagnoses, the frozen tissues were reprocessed for regular paraffin sectioning. These paraffin sections were examined by a second pathologist, and a final diagnosis was issued. The frozen section diagnosis and final diagnoses of all cases were retrospectively analysed to determine the accuracy of frozen section examination. Results: Overall, accurate diagnosis was made on frozen sections in 98.2% of the cases. The discrepant diagnoses were all clinically significant, i.e., there were discrepancies between benign and malignant diagnoses on frozen and paraffin sections. In 1% of the cases, diagnosis was deferred. Fifty percent of the deferred cases were benign. Two cases, received in formalin, were excluded. In both cases, the diagnosis was positive for malignancy. The number of false negative results (4 false negatives) was slightly lower than that of false positives (5 false positives). Specificity and sensitivity of 99.3% and 99.4% were achieved, respectively. In this study, the positive predictive value was 99.2% and the negative predictive value was 99.5%. Over the years, the number of discrepant diagnoses remained fairly constant. Conclusion

  3. Malpractice and the Communication Consultant: A Proactive Approach.

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    Montgomery, Daniel J.; And Others

    1995-01-01

    Provides communication practitioners with an overview of legal and ethical issues facing individuals who market themselves as professional communication consultants. Discusses the tort of negligence. Outlines court-supported practices that professional consultants might use to help protect clients and themselves. Argues that an understanding of…

  4. Oral surgery in Norwegian general dental practice--a survey. Extent, scope, referrals, emergencies, and medically compromised patients.

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    Berge, T I

    1992-02-01

    A questionnaire containing 37 questions concerning oral surgery and oral medicine was mailed to a systematic random sample of 500 Norwegian general dental practitioners in October 1989. A 60% return rate was obtained. From the 20 questions included in this paper the following conclusions were drawn: Norwegian general practitioners perform a substantial number and diversity of procedures in the field of oral surgery and oral medicine. The predictor variables sex, age, geographic location, and type of practice (private/public) showed by multiple classification analysis only limited correlation with the amount and diversity of procedures. On average, 12.3 patients were referred per practitioner per year to specialists in oral surgery. The indicated need for orthognathic consultations was 0.75 patient per year per practitioner. Serious emergencies demanding referral seldom occurred. Each month 6.6 medically compromised patients were seen in general practice, among which cardiovascular disorders dominated. PMID:1533083

  5. 45 CFR 162.1302 - Standards for referral certification and authorization transaction.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... period from October 16, 2003 through March 16, 2009: (1) Retail pharmacy drug referral certification and... standards identified in paragraph (a) of this section; and (2)(i) Retail pharmacy drugs....

  6. The Feasibility and Acceptability of Google Glass for Teletoxicology Consults.

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    Chai, Peter R; Babu, Kavita M; Boyer, Edward W

    2015-09-01

    Teletoxicology offers the potential for toxicologists to assist in providing medical care at remote locations, via remote, interactive augmented audiovisual technology. This study examined the feasibility of using Google Glass, a head-mounted device that incorporates a webcam, viewing prism, and wireless connectivity, to assess the poisoned patient by a medical toxicology consult staff. Emergency medicine residents (resident toxicology consultants) rotating on the toxicology service wore Glass during bedside evaluation of poisoned patients; Glass transmitted real-time video of patients' physical examination findings to toxicology fellows and attendings (supervisory consultants), who reviewed these findings. We evaluated the usability (e.g., quality of connectivity and video feeds) of Glass by supervisory consultants, as well as attitudes towards use of Glass. Resident toxicology consultants and supervisory consultants completed 18 consults through Glass. Toxicologists viewing the video stream found the quality of audio and visual transmission usable in 89 % of cases. Toxicologists reported their management of the patient changed after viewing the patient through Glass in 56 % of cases. Based on findings obtained through Glass, toxicologists recommended specific antidotes in six cases. Head-mounted devices like Google Glass may be effective tools for real-time teletoxicology consultation. PMID:26245879

  7. Determinants of referrals from paraprofessionals to veterinarians in Uganda and Kenya.

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    Ilukor, John; Nielsen, Thea; Birner, Regina

    2014-06-01

    Referrals between paraprofessionals and veterinarians are seen as a solution for improving disease surveillance, detection, and reporting as well as ensuring prudent use of antimicrobial agents in animals. This paper used data collected from paraprofessionals in Kenya and Uganda to identify factors influencing referrals to veterinarians by paraprofessionals using a probit regression model. The results show that the determinants of paraprofessional referrals to veterinarians include the following: paraprofessional's mobile phone ownership, gender, and training, as well as attendance of short term trainings, annual assessments, and membership in paraprofessional associations. The paper argues that legislation or supervision of paraprofessionals as well as expansion of mobile phone ownership by paraprofessionals, supporting the formation of paraprofessional associations, and investing in short term training are important factors for strengthening referrals from paraprofessionals to veterinarians. PMID:24646788

  8. How head and neck consultants manage patients' emotional distress during cancer follow-up consultations: a multilevel study.

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    Zhou, Yuefang; Humphris, Gerry; Ghazali, Naseem; Friderichs, Simon; Grosset, David; Rogers, Simon N

    2015-09-01

    Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients suffer substantial emotional problems. This study aimed to explore how utterance-level variables (source, type and timing of emotional cues) and patient-level variables (e.g. age, gender and emotional well-being) relate to consultants' responses (i.e. reducing or providing space) to patient expressions of emotional distress. Forty-three HNC outpatient follow-up consultations were audio recorded and coded, for patients' expressions of emotional distress and consultants' responses, using the Verona Coding Definitions of Emotional Sequence. Multilevel logistic regression modelled the probability of the occurrence of consultant-reduced space response as a function of patient distress cue expression, controlling for consultation and patient-related variables. An average of 3.5 cues/concerns (range 1-20) was identified per consultation where 84 out of 152 total cues/concerns were responded by reducing space. Cue type did not impact on response; likewise for the quality of patient emotional well-being. However, consultants were more likely to reduce space to cues elicited by patients, as opposed to those initiated by themselves. This reduced space response was more pronounced as the consultation continued. However, about 6 min into the consultation, this effect (i.e. tendency to block patients) started to weaken. Head and neck consultants' responses to negative emotions depended on source and timing of patient emotional expressions. The findings are useful for training programme development to encourage consultants to be more flexible and open in the early stages of the consultation. PMID:25078155

  9. Fidelity Measurement in Consultation: Psychometric Issues and Preliminary Examination

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    Sheridan, Susan M.; Swanger-Gagne, Michelle; Welch, Greg W.; Kwon, Kyongboon; Garbacz, S. Andrew

    2009-01-01

    Consultation researchers have long recognized the importance of assessing fidelity of intervention implementation, including the fidelity with which both consultation procedures and behavioral intervention plans are delivered. However, despite decades of discussion about the importance of assessing for fidelity of implementation in intervention…

  10. Structural Damage Prediction and Analysis for Hypervelocity Impact: Consulting

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1995-01-01

    A portion of the contract NAS8-38856, 'Structural Damage Prediction and Analysis for Hypervelocity Impacts,' from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), included consulting which was to be documented in the final report. This attachment to the final report contains memos produced as part of that consulting.

  11. Identification and Referral for Mental Health Services in Juvenile Detention.

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    Rogers, Kenneth M.; Pumariega, Andres J.; Cuffe, Steven P.

    This report discusses the outcomes of a study that examined the mental health referral patterns of youth referred to a public sector mental health system as the result of a judicial consent decree. The study included two samples of youth ages 13-17 from the entire state of South Carolina. The first group included incarcerated youth recruited from…

  12. 20 CFR 628.510 - Intake, referrals and targeting.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... consistent with the equal opportunity provisions of 29 CFR part 34. ... applicant to another human service, training or education program deemed more suitable for the individual... incomplete ISS. Further tracking or follow-up of referrals out of title II is not required. (e)...

  13. 20 CFR 628.510 - Intake, referrals and targeting.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... consistent with the equal opportunity provisions of 29 CFR part 34. ... applicant to another human service, training or education program deemed more suitable for the individual... incomplete ISS. Further tracking or follow-up of referrals out of title II is not required. (e)...

  14. 20 CFR 628.510 - Intake, referrals and targeting.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... consistent with the equal opportunity provisions of 29 CFR part 34. ... applicant to another human service, training or education program deemed more suitable for the individual... incomplete ISS. Further tracking or follow-up of referrals out of title II is not required. (e)...

  15. 40 CFR 1504.3 - Procedure for referrals and response.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    .... 1504.3 Section 1504.3 Protection of Environment COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY PREDECISION REFERRALS TO THE COUNCIL OF PROPOSED FEDERAL ACTIONS DETERMINED TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY UNSATISFACTORY § 1504.3... information to permit an assessment of the matter's environmental acceptability. (3) Identify any...

  16. 40 CFR 1504.3 - Procedure for referrals and response.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    .... 1504.3 Section 1504.3 Protection of Environment COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY PREDECISION REFERRALS TO THE COUNCIL OF PROPOSED FEDERAL ACTIONS DETERMINED TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY UNSATISFACTORY § 1504.3... information to permit an assessment of the matter's environmental acceptability. (3) Identify any...

  17. Factors that Affect Consultation and Screening for Fecal Incontinence

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    Kunduru, Lalitha; Kim, Sung Min; Heymen, Steve; Whitehead, William E.

    2016-01-01

    Background & Aims Fecal incontinence (FI) affects 15% of people age 70 years and older, but only 10%–30% discuss FI with their physicians. We aimed to identify barriers that prevent people from consulting with their physicians, and physicians from screening for FI. Methods We performed structured interviews of 124 individuals with FI (mean 56 years old, 87.9% women) recruited from 6 medical offices at the University of North Carolina Hospitals from June 2012 through March 2013. The subjects completed the Fecal Incontinence Severity Index and Fecal Incontinence Quality of Life Scale questionnaires. Interview questions aimed to determine which patients had consulted physicians for FI. Eleven of the 56 physicians with patients included in the study responded to the survey. Results Eighty-eight of the 124 participants consulted with their physicians about FI (consulters). These individuals had a higher incidence of depression than the 36 subjects who did not consult with their physicians about FI (non-consulters; P=.04), but similar Fecal Incontinence Severity Index scores. A smaller proportion of non-consulters were aware of available treatments than consulters (P<.01). Fifty-six percent of non-consulters said their FI was not serious enough to consult a physician. There was no difference between consulters and non-consulters in embarrassment in talking about FI. Among consulters, 88% initiated the conversation about FI with their physician. Seven of the 11 responding physicians screened for FI, and only screened high-risk patients. The 4 physicians who did not screen for FI were unaware of its prevalence, viewed FI as a low priority, or stated that patients were responsible for reporting their own symptoms. Conclusions Based on surveys of physicians and patients, many patients have insufficient knowledge about the availability and effectiveness of treatments for FI. Some people with FI do not discuss it with their physician because their symptoms are mild, and most

  18. 20 CFR 416.919p - Reviewing reports of consultative examinations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... perform ongoing special management studies on the quality of consultative examinations purchased from... equipment required to provide an adequate assessment and record of the existence and level of severity of... Type of Referral and for Report Content § 416.919p Reviewing reports of consultative examinations....

  19. 20 CFR 416.919p - Reviewing reports of consultative examinations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... perform ongoing special management studies on the quality of consultative examinations purchased from... equipment required to provide an adequate assessment and record of the existence and level of severity of... Type of Referral and for Report Content § 416.919p Reviewing reports of consultative examinations....

  20. Effect of Self-Referral on Bone Mineral Density Testing and Osteoporosis Treatment

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    Warriner, Amy H.; Outman, Ryan C.; Feldstein, Adrianne C.; Roblin, Douglas W.; Allison, Jeroan J.; Curtis, Jeffrey R.; Redden, David T.; Rix, Mary M.; Robinson, Brandi E.; Rosales, A. Gabriela; Safford, Monika M.; Saag, Kenneth G.

    2014-01-01

    Background Despite national guidelines recommending bone mineral density screening with dual-energy xray absorptiometry (DXA) in women ≥65 years old, many women do not receive initial screening. Objective To determine the effectiveness of health system and patient-level interventions designed to increase appropriate DXA testing and osteoporosis treatment through (1) an invitation to self-refer for DXA (self-referral), (2) self-referral plus patient educational materials, and (3) usual care (UC, physician referral). Research Design Parallel, group-randomized, controlled trials performed at Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) and Kaiser Permanente Georgia (KPG). Subjects Women ≥ 65 years old without a DXA in past 5 years. Measures DXA completion rates 90 days after intervention mailing and osteoporosis medication receipt 180 days after initial intervention mailing. Results From >12,000 eligible women, those randomized to self-referral were significantly more likely to receive a DXA than UC (13.0 – 24.1% self-referral vs. 4.9 – 5.9% UC, p < 0.05). DXA rates did not significantly increase with patient educational materials. Osteoporosis was detected in a greater proportion of self-referral women compared to UC (p < 0.001). The number needed to receive an invitation to result in a DXA in KPNW and KPG regions was approximately 5 and 12, respectively. New osteoporosis prescription rates were low (0.8 – 3.4%) but significantly greater among self-referral versus UC in KPNW. Conclusions DXA rates significantly improved with a mailed invitation to schedule a scan without physician referral. Providing women the opportunity to self-refer may be an effective, low-cost strategy to increase access for recommended osteoporosis screening. PMID:24984211

  1. Skin Disease in the Uninsured: Diagnoses, Management Decisions, and Referral Outcomes of an Urban Free Clinic.

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    Rosenbaum, Brooke E; Freitas, Derek; Nosal, Sarah C; Meydani, Ahou

    2016-01-01

    An understanding of the burden of skin disease in the uninsured population is needed to address the unique barriers they face to access dermatologic care. We conducted a retrospective chart review of patients seen for skin conditions over three years at the New York City (NYC) Free Clinic, a weekly primary care clinic operated by the NYU School of Medicine and the Institute for Family Health. Main outcomes of this study were descriptive analyses of demographic characteristics, diagnoses, management strategies, and referral outcomes, as well as key factors influencing referral to a dermatologist and referral attendance. Diagnosis was a significant predictor of referral (p<.000). The referral attendance rate was 52.5%. Patients older than 50 years were more likely to attend their appointments than younger patients (p=.025). Gender, wait time, and travel distance had no significant association with non-attendance. While demand for dermatologic care by uninsured patients in NYC is high, referral non-attendance remains a substantial barrier to care. PMID:27180711

  2. The Counseling Referral Process and Degree of Understanding of Helping Services at the University of Kansas. Research Report No. 77-2.

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    O'Neil, James M.; And Others

    The counseling referral process of academic advisors, resident assistants, and student personnel workers referring students to the University Counseling Center was assessed. The Referral Process Inventory (RPI) was developed to assess four areas related to the referral process. The results indicate differential knowledge of referral between groups…

  3. Relationship between the social and demographic characteristics of post-sentence offenders and the outcomes of forensic psychiatric referrals.

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    Prandoni, J R

    1984-01-01

    Examined the relationship between the social and demographic characteristics of post-sentence offenders (N = 240) and outcome of outpatient forensic psychiatric referrals using multiple regression analysis. The referral process was divided into three stages: Decision to refer, compliance with referral, and outcome of referral, and the following research questions were explored: (1) whether there were differences between the social and demographic characteristics of offenders who were referred by court order of the sentencing judge and those referred by their probation officer; (2) the the relationship between socioeconomic status and completion of referral; (3) the relationship between socioeconomic status and recommendation for further mental health services; and (4) the relationship between source of referral and recommendation for mental health services. Results suggest that the relationship between social and demographic variables and the offender's interaction with a forensic mental health system is markedly different from the voluntary clients and mental health resources studied in earlier research. PMID:6086720

  4. 10 CFR 1014.7 - Referral to Department of Justice.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Referral to Department of Justice. 1014.7 Section 1014.7... § 1014.7 Referral to Department of Justice. (a) When Department of Justice approval or consultation is required under § 1014.6, the referral or request shall be transmitted to the Department of Justice by...

  5. Nurses' and Patients' Experiences of Tele-Consultations.

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    Dichmann Sorknaes, Anne

    2016-01-01

    The study focused on real-time video consultations (tele-consultations) as experienced by Danish hospital-based, respiratory nurses (tele-nurses) and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, discharged after hospitalization with acute exacerbation (tele-patients). Tele-patients and tele-nurses consider tele-consultations as distinct, but qualified care, enabling close relationships between patient and nurse. The nurses' performance and their professional identity changed. The patients become active, participants in their treatment and care. PMID:27332392

  6. A Guiding Framework for Integrating the Consultation Process and Behavior Analytic Practice in Schools: The Treatment Validation Consultation Model

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    Andersen, Melissa N.; Hofstadter, Kristi L.; Kupzyk, Sara; Daly, Edward J., III; Bleck, Amanda A.; Collaro, Alyssa L.; Jones, Kristin E.; Clure, Lynne F.; Blevins, Carrie A.

    2010-01-01

    Since behavioral consultation (BC) was introduced over 30 years ago, the core procedures and assumptions of the model have remained largely unchanged in spite of its widespread popularity in practice. This article presents the Treatment Validation Consultation (TVC) model, which addresses limitations of BC and integrates recent technological…

  7. Electronic consultations (e-consults) to improve access to specialty care: A systematic review and narrative synthesis

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    Gupte, Gouri; Seraj, Siamak M; Orlander, Jay; Berlowitz, Dan; Fincke, Benjamin G; Simon, Steven R

    2015-01-01

    Background We define electronic consultations (“e-consults”) as asynchronous, consultative, provider-to-provider communications within a shared electronic health record (EHR) or web-based platform. E-consults are intended to improve access to specialty expertise for patients and providers without the need for a face-to-face visit. Our goal was to systematically review and summarize the literature describing the use and effects of e-consults. Methods We searched PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and CINAHL for studies related to e-consults published between 1990 through December 2014. Three reviewers identified empirical studies and system descriptions, including articles on systems that used a shared EHR or web-based platform, connected providers in the same health system, were used for two-way provider communication, and were text-based. Results Our final review included 27 articles. Twenty-two were research studies and five were system descriptions. Eighteen originated from one of three sites with well-developed e-consult programs. Most studies reported on workflow impact, timeliness of specialty input, and/or provider perceptions of e-consults. E-consultations are used in a variety of ways within and across medical centers. They provide timely access to specialty care and are well-received by primary care providers. Discussion E-consults are feasible in a variety of settings, flexible in their application, and facilitate timely specialty advice. More extensive and rigorous studies are needed to inform the e-consult process and describe its effect on access to specialty visits, cost and clinical outcomes. PMID:25995331

  8. Specialization and referral among the n'anga (traditional healers) of Zimbabwe.

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    Arkovitz, M S; Manley, M

    1990-07-01

    Traditional medicine is the source of primary care for most Zimbabweans. N'angas (traditional healers) are consulted for their political and religious powers along with their healing powers. The Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association was formed and is officially recognized by the government and has a constitution along with departments of education and research. Each member pays annual dues. Herbal remedies are used. Most n'angas say they are possessed by a healing spirit which they invoke while treating the patient. These n'angas practice specialization--the extent to which the n'angas claim expertise, outside of which they will refer a patient to others. The referral and specialization practices of a select group of n'angas in and around the capital, Harare are studied. 30 n'angas from 7 suburbs of harare were interviewed personally at their place of practice in 1987. All 30 claimed to specialize in the treatment of certain illnesses. They specialized in spiritual, not just medical, problems. The n'angus referred to other n'angas for either or both of 2 reasons: 1) most referred patients for whom their treatment had failed; and 2) patients were referred for suffering an illness which that certain n'anga could not cure, usually because their healing spirit did not give them the cure. There were some things that the n'angas would only send to western medical practitioners and hospitals. These were mostly accidents or emergencies. "Abnormal illnesses" were never referred to Western practitioners and hospitals. "Abnormal illnesses" were caused by evil spirits such as "ngozi." The n'angas were divided over what to do about the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). 1 n'anga sand that he was so good at curing AIDS that he was flown to America to treat a patient. Others would send AIDS patients to hospitals. Most all Zimbabwe natives are descended from Shona and Ndebele cultures. PMID:2219419

  9. Continuing medical education: experience and opinions of consultants.

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    Kerr, D N; Jones, S A; Easmon, C S

    1993-01-01

    The right of consultants to study leave and expenses is not binding on trusts and has been eroded in directly managed units. Complaints led to a survey of consultants in North West Thames region. This showed that most consultants use their own time and money to maintain their knowledge by buying and consulting journals and textbooks, attending local meetings, and using their annual leave for study, but they feel the need for study leave to attend meetings of specialist societies and courses. Leave is usually granted readily but without cover provided by a locum and with a very limited contribution to expenses. To maintain quality of medical care both the right and obligation to take study leave should be contractual. PMID:8518610

  10. Linkages Between Utilization of Prostate Surgical Pathology Services and Physician Self-Referral

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    Mitchell, Jean M.

    2012-01-01

    Objective Federal law prohibits a physician from referring Medicare patients for procedures or services to health care entities in which the physician has a financial relationship. This law has exceptions which enable physicians to self-refer under certain conditions. This study evaluates the effects of self-referral on use rates of surgical pathology services performed in conjunction with prostate biopsies and whether such changes are linked to urologist self-referral arrangements. Data and Sample A targeted market area case study design was employed to identify the sample from Medicare claims data. The sample included male beneficiaries who resided in geographically dispersed counties; were continuously enrolled in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) during 2005-2007; and who met the criteria to be a potential candidate to undergo a prostate biopsy. Outcomes Prostate biopsy procedures per 1000 male Medicare beneficiaries in each county; counts of surgical pathology specimens (jars) associated with prostate biopsy procedures per 1000 male Medicare beneficiaries in each county. Findings Regression analysis shows the self-referral share (percentage) of total utilization was associated with significant increases in the use rate of prostate surgical pathology specimens (p<.01). The use rate of prostate surgical pathology specimens (jars) would be 41.5 units higher in a county where the self-referral share of total utilization was 50% compared to a county with no self-referral (share equals 0%). Conclusions The findings show that urologist self-referral of prostate surgical pathology services results in increased utilization and higher Medicare spending. The results suggest that exceptions in federal and state self-referral prohibitions need to be reevaluated. PMID:24800147

  11. Health Professionals' Perspectives on Exercise Referral and Physical Activity Promotion in Primary Care: Findings from a Process Evaluation of the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales

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    Din, Nafees U.; Moore, Graham F.; Murphy, Simon; Wilkinson, Clare; Williams, Nefyn H.

    2015-01-01

    Background and objectives: Referring clinicians' experiences of exercise referral schemes (ERS) can provide valuable insights into their uptake. However, most qualitative studies focus on patient views only. This paper explores health professionals' perceptions of their role in promoting physical activity and experiences of a National Exercise…

  12. Electrical innovations, authority and consulting expertise in late Victorian Britain

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    Arapostathis, Stathis

    2013-01-01

    In this article I examine the practices of electrical engineering experts, with special reference to their role in the implementation of innovations in late Victorian electrical networks. I focus on the consulting work of two leading figures in the scientific and engineering world of the period, Alexander Kennedy and William Preece. Both were Fellows of the Royal Society and both developed large-scale consulting activities in the emerging electrical industry of light and power. At the core of the study I place the issues of trust and authority, and the bearing of these on the engineering expertise of consultants in late Victorian Britain. I argue that the ascription of expertise to these engineers and the trust placed in their advice were products of power relations on the local scale. The study seeks to unravel both the technical and the social reasons for authoritative patterns of consulting expertise. PMID:24686584

  13. 10 CFR 903.14 - Consultation and comment period.

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    2011-01-01

    ... consult with and obtain information from the PMA, to examine backup data, and to make suggestions for... during this period, interested persons may submit written comments to the PMA regarding the...

  14. 15 CFR 200.103 - Consulting and advisory services.

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    2012-01-01

    ... NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MEASUREMENT SERVICES POLICIES... and analysis by computer. Brief consultation may be obtained at no charge; the fee for extended effort... & Technology, Washington, DC 20234....

  15. 15 CFR 200.103 - Consulting and advisory services.

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    2013-01-01

    ... NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MEASUREMENT SERVICES POLICIES... and analysis by computer. Brief consultation may be obtained at no charge; the fee for extended effort... & Technology, Washington, DC 20234....

  16. 15 CFR 200.103 - Consulting and advisory services.

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    2014-01-01

    ... NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MEASUREMENT SERVICES POLICIES... and analysis by computer. Brief consultation may be obtained at no charge; the fee for extended effort... & Technology, Washington, DC 20234....

  17. 15 CFR 200.103 - Consulting and advisory services.

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    2011-01-01

    ... NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MEASUREMENT SERVICES POLICIES... and analysis by computer. Brief consultation may be obtained at no charge; the fee for extended effort... & Technology, Washington, DC 20234....

  18. US-USSR telemedicine consultation spacebridge to Armenia and Ufa

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    1991-01-01

    The Final Report on the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Telemedicine Consultation Spacebride to Armenia and Ufa is presented. The goal of this activity was to provide expert medical consultation to the Armenian medical personnel in the areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, physical and psychological rehabilitation, public health, and epidemiology following the devastating earthquake in Dec. 1988. The U.S. and U.S.S.R. implementation teams developed new standards for medical information transmittal as well as protocols and schedules on how to conduct medical consultations. The consultations were provided to the Republic Diagnostic Center in Yerevan, U.S.S.R. by four U.S. medical centers: University of Utah/LDS Hospital, University of Texas, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

  19. A Collaborative Approach to Implement Positive Behavior Support Plans for Children with Problem Behaviors: A Comparison of Consultation versus Consultation and Feedback Approach

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    Erbas, Dilek

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of consultation alone and consultation plus feedback on the proper use of positive behavior support strategies (PBS) on behaviors of three mothers with children with developmental disabilities. Results indicated that consultation plus feedback was more effective than consultation alone…

  20. Over- and Undercontrolled Clinic Referral Problems of Jamaican and American Children and Adolescents: The Culture General and the Culture Specific.

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    Lambert, Michael C.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    Studied clinical referrals of two different societies (Jamaica, where Afro-British culture discourages child aggression, and United States, where uncontrolled child behavior appears more accepted) to determine influence of cultural factors in clinical referral patterns. Found significant difference in clinic-referred problems of American and…

  1. Improving service delivery by evaluation of the referral pattern and capacity in a clinical genetics setting.

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    McCann, Emma; Baines, Elizabeth A; Gray, Jonathon R; Procter, Annie M

    2009-08-15

    Quality improvement in specialist services such as clinical genetics is challenging largely due to the complexity of the service and the difficulty in obtaining accurate, reproducible, and measurable data. The objectives were to evaluate the pattern of referrals to the All Wales Medical Genetics Service (AWMGS) North Wales Genetics team based in three separate hospitals, define the capacity of the team and implement change to improve equity, timeliness and efficiency of care delivery to patients. The methodology required collating the monthly referral rates retrospectively for each center over a 2.5-year period and plotting on statistical process control charts. Process mapping of the referral process in each center was undertaken, differences documented and a common pathway implemented. "Did not attend" and "time to first appointment" rates were also measured in one center. PDSA methodology was used to implement "patient focused booking." The results show that the range for referral rates in any given month for each center was 3-33 referrals. The range for referral rate for the whole team was 18-64 per month. Since January 2004 the average number of monthly referrals to the North Wales service has increased by 50%. The potential range in monthly referrals varies between centers and the range of the variability has also increased also in two out of the three centers. Introduction of Patient Focused Booking reduced the "Failed to Attend" rate and 100% of patients were offered a choice of appointments. In addition 100% had a first face-to-face contact within 6 weeks if they chose. The measurement of improvement involved firstly introducing a series of continuous measures to provide a baseline for the process prior to the implementation of any changes and secondly to indicate the impact of the changes following implementation. The measures implemented included process (referrals numbers, percentage of patients offered a choice of appointments), outcome (percentage of

  2. Prenatal diagnosis and telemedicine consultation of fetal urologic disorders.

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    Rabie, Nader Z; Canon, Stephen; Patel, Ashay; Zamilpa, Ismael; Magann, Everett F; Higley, Jared

    2016-06-01

    In Arkansas, telemedicine is used commonly in obstetrics through Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System (ANGELS), the existing statewide telemedicine network. This network is used primarily for tele-ultrasound and maternal-fetal medicine consultation. This study is a retrospective case series, describing all the patients who had a prenatally diagnosed urologic anomaly that required prenatal urologic consultation. From 2009-2013, approximately 1300 anomalies were recorded in the Arkansas Fetal Diagnosis and Management (AFDM) database, 14% of which were urologic anomalies. Twenty-six cases required prenatal urologic consultation, 25 of which were conducted via telemedicine. Teleconsultation allowed patients to combine maternal-fetal medicine and urologic consultations in one visit, saving time and effort and ultimately, for most patients, providing reassurance that delivery could be accomplished locally with postnatal follow-up already arranged. While there are several studies reporting the use of telemedicine for various subspecialty consultations, to our knowledge, this is the first to describe the use of telemedicine for prenatal urology consultation. Future research could randomize patients prospectively to allow comparison of both the outcomes as well as the patient experience. PMID:26199277

  3. The effectiveness of post-detoxication referrals: effects on later detoxication admissions, drunkenness and criminality.

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    Smart, R G; Finley, J; Funston, R

    1977-05-01

    This study concerned the effectiveness of post-detoxication referrals to a variety of treatment facilities. The purpose was to discover (i) the proportion of men accepting referrals who actually arrived, (ii) the differences in outcome for patients attending an out-patient clinic, a halfway house, and a long-stay farm, (iii) the differences in outcomes for patients treated in one of the above facilities compared with those for similar patients not receiving treatment. In all, 114 male detoxication admissions were included. However, only 60% arrived, even when firm referrals were made. Those arriving and not arriving did not differ in social or demographic characteristics, nor did those who were referred to the various treatment facilities. However, the referral group had more detoxication admissions in the post-detoxication period. There were no post-treatment overall differences between all treated and untreated patients in detoxication admissions, arrests for drunkenness or criminal convictions. Refusals were more often successes than the treated or untreated groups but this was due to their better prognosis at intake. In general, the data provide little cause for optimism about the value of post-detoxication referrals. PMID:69522

  4. Prevalence and Determinants of True Thyroid Dysfunction Among Pediatric Referrals for Abnormal Thyroid Function Tests

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    Lahoti, Amit; Klein, Jason; Schumaker, Tiffany; Vuguin, Patricia; Frank, Graeme

    2016-01-01

    Background/Aims. Abnormalities in thyroid function tests (TFTs) are a common referral reason for pediatric endocrine evaluation. However, a sizable proportion of these laboratory abnormalities do not warrant therapy or endocrine follow-up. The objectives of this study were (a) to evaluate the prevalence of true thyroid dysfunction among pediatric endocrinology referrals for abnormal TFTs; (b) to identify the historical, clinical, and laboratory characteristics that predict decision to treat. Methods. This was a retrospective chart review of patients evaluated in pediatric endocrinology office during a weekly clinic designated for new referrals for abnormal TFTs in 2010. Results. A total of 230 patients were included in the study. Median age at referral was 12 years (range = 2-18); 56% were females. Routine screening was cited as the reason for performing TFTs by 33% patients. Majority was evaluated for hypothyroidism (n = 206). Elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone was the most common referral reason (n = 140). A total of 41 out of 206 patients were treated for hypothyroidism. Conclusions. Prevalence of hypothyroidism was 20%. Thyroid follow-up was not recommended for nearly one third of the patients. Among all the factors analyzed, an elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone level and antithyroglobulin antibodies strongly correlated with the decision to treat (P < .005). PMID:27336020

  5. Why general practitioners and consultants change their clinical practice: a critical incident study.

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    Allery, L. A.; Owen, P. A.; Robling, M. R.

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To describe the complete range of factors which doctors recognise as changing their clinical practice and provide a measure of how often education is involved in change. DESIGN: Interviews using the critical incident technique. SETTING: Primary and secondary care. SUBJECTS: Random sample of 50 general practitioners and 50 consultants. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Categories of reasons for change in clinical practice. RESULTS: Doctors described 361 changes in clinical practice, with an average of 3.0 reasons per change. The three most frequently mentioned reasons were organisational factors, education, and contact with professionals, together accounting for 47.9% of the total number of reasons for change. Education accounted for one sixth (16.9%) of the reasons for change and was involved in one third (37.1%) of the changes. Education was seldom mentioned as a reason for change in referral practice but was more often mentioned in management and prescribing changes. Consultants were influenced by medical journals and scientific conferences, while general practitioners were more influenced by medical newspapers and postgraduate meetings. CONCLUSIONS: Education is involved in about a third of changes in clinical practice. The wide range of other factors affecting changes in practice need to be taken into account in providing and evaluating education. The role of education in the numerous changes in clinical practice that currently have no educational component should also be considered. PMID:9093100

  6. Facilitating physician referrals on the World Wide Web: representation and appropriate utilization of clinical expertise.

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    McHolm, G; Obeid, J; Karson, T H; Sato, L; Schaffer, J L; Greenes, R A

    1996-01-01

    In highly integrated and increasingly complex health care systems, the identification and proper utilization of clinical staff expertise are key factors for efficiently delivering high quality patient care. To achieve these capabilities on an enterprise-wide scale, we have embarked on a multi-phased project to develop World Wide Web (WWW)-based physician referral capabilities for two large teaching hospitals. Currently, users may search for information concerning the education, training, board certifications, and self-designated clinical interests of staff members. Address, phone number, email address, and a photo are also presented. Our experience indicates that institutional changes are required to successfully deploy and maintain online physician referral services and that accurate and equitable representation of clinical expertise and the incorporation of referral guidelines require an incremental introduction of a carefully planned program that addresses the needs of clinicians, administrators, and health care policy-makers. PMID:8947760

  7. Situational Consultation

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    Rimehaug, Tormod; Helmersberg, Ingunn

    2010-01-01

    Situational Consultation (SC) is presented as a framework for flexible integration of several models and methodologies in consultation practice by choosing an approach adapted to the specific situation. In SC, models and their characteristic role positions are considered interchangeable tools with qualitative differences in strengths and…

  8. Paediatric Orbital Fractures: The Importance of Regular Thorough Eye Assessment and Appropriate Referral

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    Kassam, Karim; Rahim, Ishrat; Mills, Caroline

    2013-01-01

    The paediatric orbital fracture should always raise alarm bells to all clinicians working in an emergency department. A delay or failure in diagnosis and appropriate referral can result in rapidly developing and profound complications. We present a boy of childhood age who sustained trauma to his eye during a bicycle injury. Acceptance of the referral was based on no eye signs; however, on examination in our unit the eye had reduction in visual acuity, no pupillary reaction, and ophthalmoplegia. CT scan suggested bone impinging on the globe and the child was rushed to theatre for removal of the bony fragment. Postoperatively no improvement was noted and a diagnosis of traumatic optic neuropathy was made. An overview of factors complicating paediatric orbital injuries, their associated “red flags”, and appropriate referral are discussed in this short paper. PMID:24349804

  9. Paediatric orbital fractures: the importance of regular thorough eye assessment and appropriate referral.

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    Kassam, Karim; Rahim, Ishrat; Mills, Caroline

    2013-01-01

    The paediatric orbital fracture should always raise alarm bells to all clinicians working in an emergency department. A delay or failure in diagnosis and appropriate referral can result in rapidly developing and profound complications. We present a boy of childhood age who sustained trauma to his eye during a bicycle injury. Acceptance of the referral was based on no eye signs; however, on examination in our unit the eye had reduction in visual acuity, no pupillary reaction, and ophthalmoplegia. CT scan suggested bone impinging on the globe and the child was rushed to theatre for removal of the bony fragment. Postoperatively no improvement was noted and a diagnosis of traumatic optic neuropathy was made. An overview of factors complicating paediatric orbital injuries, their associated "red flags", and appropriate referral are discussed in this short paper. PMID:24349804

  10. Heightened motor and sensory (mirror-touch) referral induced by nerve block or topical anesthetic.

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    Case, Laura K; Gosavi, Radhika; Ramachandran, Vilayanur S

    2013-08-01

    Mirror neurons allow us to covertly simulate the sensation and movement of others. If mirror neurons are sensory and motor neurons, why do we not actually feel this simulation- like "mirror-touch synesthetes"? Might afferent sensation normally inhibit mirror representations from reaching consciousness? We and others have reported heightened sensory referral to phantom limbs and temporarily anesthetized arms. These patients, however, had experienced illness or injury of the deafferented limb. In the current study we observe heightened sensory and motor referral to the face after unilateral nerve block for routine dental procedures. We also obtain double-blind, quantitative evidence of heightened sensory referral in healthy participants completing a mirror-touch confusion task after topical anesthetic cream is applied. We suggest that sensory and motor feedback exist in dynamic equilibrium with mirror representations; as feedback is reduced, the brain draws more upon visual information to determine- perhaps in a Bayesian manner- what to feel. PMID:23791606

  11. Psychiatric consultation in the eastern Canadian Arctic: I. Development and evolution of the Baffin Psychiatric Consultation Service.

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    Hood, E; Malcolmson, S A; Young, L T; Abbey, S E

    1993-02-01

    The Baffin Consultation Service of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry has been providing psychiatric consultation services to the Baffin Island region of the Eastern Canadian Arctic since 1971. This report describes the background history, development and evolution of the service. Attention is focused on aspects of the consultation visits, educational activities of the project and the development of a mental health network. It is suggested that this is a useful model for the provision of psychiatric services to remote areas with limited resources. PMID:8448715

  12. Virtual online consultations: advantages and limitations (VOCAL) study

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    Greenhalgh, Trisha; Vijayaraghavan, Shanti; Wherton, Joe; Shaw, Sara; Byrne, Emma; Campbell-Richards, Desirée; Bhattacharya, Satya; Hanson, Philippa; Ramoutar, Seendy; Gutteridge, Charles; Hodkinson, Isabel; Collard, Anna; Morris, Joanne

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Remote video consultations between clinician and patient are technically possible and increasingly acceptable. They are being introduced in some settings alongside (and occasionally replacing) face-to-face or telephone consultations. Methods To explore the advantages and limitations of video consultations, we will conduct in-depth qualitative studies of real consultations (microlevel) embedded in an organisational case study (mesolevel), taking account of national context (macrolevel). The study is based in 2 contrasting clinical settings (diabetes and cancer) in a National Health Service (NHS) acute trust in London, UK. Main data sources are: microlevel—audio, video and screen capture to produce rich multimodal data on 45 remote consultations; mesolevel—interviews, ethnographic observations and analysis of documents within the trust; macrolevel—key informant interviews of national-level stakeholders and document analysis. Data will be analysed and synthesised using a sociotechnical framework developed from structuration theory. Ethics approval City Road and Hampstead NHS Research Ethics Committee, 9 December 2014, reference 14/LO/1883. Planned outputs We plan outputs for 5 main audiences: (1) academics: research publications and conference presentations; (2) service providers: standard operating procedures, provisional operational guidance and key safety issues; (3) professional bodies and defence societies: summary of relevant findings to inform guidance to members; (4) policymakers: summary of key findings; (5) patients and carers: ‘what to expect in your virtual consultation’. Discussion The research literature on video consultations is sparse. Such consultations offer potential advantages to patients (who are spared the cost and inconvenience of travel) and the healthcare system (eg, they may be more cost-effective), but fears have been expressed that they may be clinically risky and/or less acceptable to patients or staff, and they

  13. How we do it: analysing GP referral priorities: the unforeseen effect of 'Choose and Book'.

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    Pothier, D D; Repanos, C; Awad, Z

    2006-08-01

    The introduction of Choose and Book may have a significant effect on the proportion of urgent referrals seen by ENT surgeons. Much of the responsibility for prioritisation will be transferred to the GP. Patients who are considered urgent by the ENT surgeon will be added to those considered urgent by the GP. Our results show that there was little agreement between GPs and ENT surgeon on what constitutes an urgent referral. The combined effect of joint prioritisation and the removal of the 'soon' category resulted in a 270% increase in 'urgent' referrals in our sample. This potentially unforeseen consequence of the Choose and Book system should be taken into consideration by ENT departments to allow for an expansion of the 'urgent' category. PMID:16911656

  14. Referrals to neurologists for headaches not due to structural disease.

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    Fitzpatrick, R; Hopkins, A

    1981-01-01

    Patients attending neurological clinics with headaches that proved not to be due to clearly defined structural disease were interviewed before and after the consultation and approximately one year later. Their expectations of the consultation were ill-formed. About two-thirds of the patients had fears about organic disease although few had psychiatric morbidity. These fears were generally dispelled by the consultation. About one-third of the patients were dissatisfied by the consultation, nearly all by what the neurologist said rather than by what technical procedures he did or did not undertake. Women with a long history of migraine, with significant psychiatric morbidity, and who had initiated the referral themselves were particularly likely to be dissatisfied. Although most patients were still having headaches one year later, visits to the general practitioner for this symptom had greatly declined. PMID:7334400

  15. 34 CFR 300.535 - Referral to and action by law enforcement and judicial authorities.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Parents and Children Discipline Procedures § 300.535 Referral to and action by law enforcement and... crime committed by a child with a disability to appropriate authorities or prevents State law... Federal and State law to crimes committed by a child with a disability. (b) Transmittal of records. (1)...

  16. 20 CFR 404.1541 - Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies. 404.1541 Section 404.1541 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FEDERAL OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS AND DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950- ) Determining Disability and Blindness...

  17. 20 CFR 404.1541 - Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies.

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    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies. 404.1541 Section 404.1541 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FEDERAL OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS AND DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950- ) Determining Disability and Blindness...

  18. 20 CFR 404.1541 - Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies.

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    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies. 404.1541 Section 404.1541 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FEDERAL OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS AND DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950- ) Determining Disability and Blindness...

  19. 20 CFR 404.1541 - Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies.

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    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies. 404.1541 Section 404.1541 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FEDERAL OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS AND DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950- ) Determining Disability and Blindness...

  20. 20 CFR 404.1541 - Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies.

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    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Establishment and use of referral and monitoring agencies. 404.1541 Section 404.1541 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FEDERAL OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS AND DISABILITY INSURANCE (1950- ) Determining Disability and Blindness...

  1. Planning and Implementing a Community Based Child Care Information and Referral Clearinghouse.

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    MacWright, Alicia Cox

    To provide for the planning and implementation of a community based, university sponsored, child care information and referral clearinghouse, a doctoral practicum project was undertaken. The primary goal of the project was to provide parents with up-to-date information about the full range of child care and children's services available in…

  2. A Simple and Effective Program to Increase Faculty Knowledge of and Referrals to Counseling Centers

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    Nolan, Susan A.; Pace, Kristi A.; Iannelli, Richard J.; Palma, Thomas V.; Pakalns, Gail P.

    2006-01-01

    The authors describe a simple, cost-effective, and empirically supported program to increase faculty referrals of students to counseling centers (CCs). Incoming faculty members at 3 universities received a mailing and personal telephone call from a CC staff member. Faculty assigned to the outreach program had greater knowledge of and rates of…

  3. Teen Court Referral, Sentencing, and Subsequent Recidivism: Two Proportional Hazards Models and a Little Speculation

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    Rasmussen, Andrew

    2004-01-01

    This study extends literature on recidivism after teen court to add system-level variables to demographic and sentence content as relevant covariates. Interviews with referral agents and survival analysis with proportional hazards regression supplement quantitative models that include demographic, sentencing, and case-processing variables in a…

  4. Athletic Training Educators' Instructional Methods and Confidence in Graduating Students' Abilities regarding Psychosocial Intervention and Referral

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    Hamson-Utley, Jennifer Jordan; Stiller-Ostrowski, Jennifer L.

    2011-01-01

    Context: Graduating athletic training students must consider both physical and mental aspects of injury to fully rehabilitate the injured athlete; however, programs may not be preparing students to apply psychosocial strategies that can improve the recovery process. Objective: To examine Psychosocial Intervention and Referral (PIR) content area…

  5. The role of oak pollen in hay fever consultations in general practice and the factors influencing patients' decisions to consult.

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    Ross, A M; Corden, J M; Fleming, D M

    1996-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Patients often consult for hay fever before significant counts of grass pollen are recorded, and this has prompted the question, 'Are symptoms already present or are patients consulting to obtain medication in anticipation?' AIM: The study is concerned with the relationship between hay fever symptoms and pollens, and also with the impact of the media on patient consulting behaviour. METHOD: Symptom questionnaires were presented to patients consulting with hay fever for the first time that year in 1994 in four Birmingham practices. The questionnaire concerned the nature and duration of symptoms and the influence of the media on their decision to consult. Incidence data collected over the spring and summer periods (1989-1995) in the Weekly Returns Service (WRS) were examined in relation to pollen counts reported by the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association at Derby. Data are presented for oak, birch and grass pollen, but other pollen data including rape, nettle and other trees were also examined. RESULTS: Questionnaire data from 1994 were analysed in two periods starting from 4 April: early (day 1-60) and late (day 61-124). Out of the 364 subjects, 38% consulted in the early period and 62% in the late period. Altogether, 41% developed symptoms before the start of the grass pollen season. Overall, 91% of patients first consulting in the early period had already experienced symptoms compared with 99% late period and were not simply collecting prescriptions in anticipation. The influence of the media on consultation behaviour was very small, except in children, 23% of whom (or their parents) were reported to be influenced. The new episode data from the WRS examined over 7 years showed an early peak that was coterminous with oak pollen, and a later and higher peak with grass pollen. CONCLUSION: The consistency of the relationship between oak pollen and the early peak of hay fever over the years examined suggests that oak pollen is a major cause of

  6. Discharge Hospice Referral and Lower 30-Day All-Cause Readmission in Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized for Heart Failure

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    Kheirbek, Raya E.; Fletcher, Ross D.; Bakitas, Marie A.; Fonarow, Gregg C.; Parvataneni, Sridivya; Bearden, Donna; Bailey, F. Amos; Morgan, Charity J.; Singh, Steven; Blackman, Marc R.; Zile, Michael R.; Patel, Kanan; Ahmed, Momanna B.; Tucker, Rodney O.; Brown, Cynthia J.; Love, Thomas E.; Aronow, Wilbert S.; Roseman, Jeffrey M.; Rich, Michael W.; Allman, Richard M.; Ahmed, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Background Heart failure (HF) is the leading cause for hospital readmission. Hospice care may help palliate HF symptoms but its association with 30-day all-cause readmission remains unknown. Methods and Results Of the 8032 Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for HF in 106 Alabama hospitals (1998–2001), 182 (2%) received discharge hospice referrals. Of the 7850 patients not receiving hospice referrals, 1608 (20%) died within 6 months post-discharge (the hospice-eligible group). Propensity scores for hospice referral were estimated for each of the 1790 (182+1608) patients and were used to match 179 hospice-referral patients with 179 hospice-eligible patients who were balanced on 28 baseline characteristics (mean age, 79 years, 58% women, 18% African American). Overall, 22% (1742/8032) died in 6 months, of whom 8% (134/1742) received hospice referrals. Among the 358 matched patients, 30-day all-cause readmission occurred in 5% and 41% of hospice-referral and hospice-eligible patients, respectively (hazard ratio {HR} associated with hospice referral, 0.12; 95% confidence interval {CI}, 0.06–0.24). HRs (95% CIs) for 30-day all-cause readmission associated with hospice referral among the 126 patients who died and 232 patients who survived 30-day post-discharge were 0.03 (0.04–0.21) and 0.17 (0.08–0.36), respectively. Although 30-day mortality was higher in the hospice referral group (43% vs. 27%), it was similar at 90 days (64% vs. 67% among hospice-eligible patients). Conclusions A discharge hospice referral was associated with lower 30-day all-cause readmission among hospitalized HF patients. However, most HF patients who died within 6 months of hospital discharge did not receive a discharge hospice referral. PMID:26019151

  7. [General practice consultation in a hospital emergency department. History, evaluation and prospects].

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    Lafay, Vincent; Giraud, Christiane; Bel, Corinne; Giovannetti, Olivier

    2002-10-26

    INSTALLATION OF A GENERAL MEDICINE CONSULTATION: In 1995, in reaction to an increase of more than 35% over three years, related essentially to out-patient consultations, the installation of a general medicine consultation (GMC) near the emergency unit reception area (EUR) was envisaged. The project, developed over 5 years and based on an epidemiological study, was finally set-up in January 2000. The aims of the GMC are to supply information to the patients, help them in their administrative rights, and their subsequent follow-up by an external physician; the benefits expected by the EUR is the re-concentration on heavier and more urgent pathologies. THE FUNCTION OF THE GMC: Exclusively reserved for CCMU 1 patients (level 1 of the clinical classification of emergency unit patients), the GMC relies on general practice, with the presence of general practitioners installed in the SAU (emergency unit) sector, a double admission method (either via the emergency unit, or directly), a means of payment for the consultation and the absence of priority access to the technical network of the hospital. A social services worker is present. RECRUITMENT: After 18 months of activity, the GMC had managed more than 4500 patients and the method of referral via the SAU, almost exclusive at the beginning, has been reduced to a minority. The patients are generally young; socially close to the underprivileged population surrounding the SAU, but not in a situation of precariousness. The four principle motives for consultation are benign traumas, ENT infections, dermatological affections and pain. A DYNAMIC STRUCTURE: The rapid progress in the context of general medicine, and the observations of the physicians and non-physicians participating in this experience, has progressively modified the aim and mission of this GMC, which is gradually becoming a real structure of permanent care. Its originality is its close link between the town and the hospital, whilst permitting the various actors to

  8. Teachers, Teaching and Educational Exclusion: Pupil Referral Units and Pedagogic Practice

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    Meo, Analia; Parker, Andrew

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents the findings of a qualitative research project carried out in a UK Pupil Referral Unit during the 2000/01 academic year. It describes and analyses the strategies adopted by a small group of Behaviour Support Service teachers in order to achieve their everyday occupational goals. It is argued that despite their commitment to the…

  9. The patient and the computer in the primary care consultation

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    Arnold, Michael; Phillips, Christine; Trumble, Stephen; Dwan, Kathryn

    2011-01-01

    Objective Studies of the doctor–patient relationship have focused on the elaboration of power and/or authority using a range of techniques to study the encounter between doctor and patient. The widespread adoption of computers by doctors brings a third party into the consultation. While there has been some research into the way doctors view and manage this new relationship, the behavior of patients in response to the computer is rarely studied. In this paper, the authors use Goffman's dramaturgy to explore patients' approaches to the doctor's computer in the consultation, and its influence on the patient–doctor relationship. Design Observational study of Australian general practice. 141 consultations from 20 general practitioners were videotaped and analyzed using a hermeneutic framework. Results Patients negotiated the relationship between themselves, the doctor, and the computer demonstrating two themes: dyadic (dealing primarily with the doctor) or triadic (dealing with both computer and doctor). Patients used three signaling behaviors in relation to the computer on the doctor's desk (screen watching, screen ignoring, and screen excluding) to influence the behavior of the doctor. Patients were able to draw the doctor to the computer, and used the computer to challenge doctor's statements. Conclusion This study demonstrates that in consultations where doctors use computers, the computer can legitimately be regarded as part of a triadic relationship. Routine use of computers in the consultation changes the doctor–patient relationship, and is altering the distribution of power and authority between doctor and patient. PMID:21262923

  10. Survey of perceived stress and work demands of consultant doctors.

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    Agius, R M; Blenkin, H; Deary, I J; Zealley, H E; Wood, R A

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess the work demands as potential stressors of health service consultants, and to describe the development of tools for measuring stress experiences of consultants. METHODS: A stratified random sample of 500 NHS consultants in Scotland was targeted by a postal questionnaire and 375 (75%) returned a valid response. They completed questionnaires, including information on demographic factors, work demands, occupational stressors, and burnout. RESULTS: Principal components analysis showed that professional work demands of consultants fell into three categories: clinical, academic, and administrative. Their perceived stressors separated into four main factors: clinical responsibility, demands on time, organisational constraints, and personal confidence. These were assessed by 25 questions in the specialist doctors' stress inventory. Specific questions about perceived stressors which resulted in a high positive response included questions about demands on time, and organisational change in the NHS. CONCLUSION: These self reported data characterise and measure the consultants' work demands and their role as potential stressors. These measurements could form the basis for strategies to reduce occupational stress in these workers. PMID:8664957