There are no Australasian data on the preferred information content of letters from consultant physicians to referring doctors.
To survey referring general practitioners (GPs) and specialists concerning their preferences for letters from a consultant physician after a new patient consultation to include different categories of information.
To investigate the information content of letters written by one medical oncologist to referring doctors after a new patient consultation and contrast with that of individualised letters written to patients.
Fifty-five referring GPs and 53 specialists were sent a questionnaire seeking their views on the information content of letters from consultant physicians.
Ninety-four letters after a new patient consultation were selected at random and analysed for their information content, and compared with 182 individualised letters sent to patients.
Referring doctors wanted letters to contain details of diagnosis, clinical findings, test results and recommended future tests, treatment options, side effects and prognosis.
Letters to referring doctors contained 19 items of information (range 8-33), while letters to patients contained a mean of 5.6'salient'points (range 5-7).
Letters sent by a consultant oncologist are not well tailored to the information needs of the referring clinician.
Summary letters sent to patients may be modified to include information required by referring doctors.
Mots-clés Pascal : Rédaction, Spécialité médicale, Médecin généraliste, Communication écrite, Consultation, Besoin, Questionnaire, Homme, Australie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Writing, Medical specialty, General practitioner, Written communication, Consultation, Need, Questionnaire, Human, Australia, Oceania
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0010524
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 01/03/1996.