Effective communication skills and the ability to respond to the needs of referring physicians are critical for the maintenance and enhancement of a referral base.
One challenge is to determine the reason for the consultation and to respond to the referring physician's interests.
The consultation letter should be formatted effectively and the « turn-around time » should be as brief as possible, perhaps by fax as well as mail.
Prioritizing the differential diagnosis and diagnostic studies can be helpful to the referring physician.
Strategies should be developed to address procedural referrals you may believe are inappropriate.
A decision should be made as to whether the consultant or the primary care physician informs the patient of a serious disease diagnosis.
Referral guidelines should be developed to assist primary care physicians to determine when a patient should be referred to the gastroenterologist or other specialist.
Receptionists should avoid turning away new patients because of a « full schedule » and must determine if other arrangements can be made.
A proper response to « hallway consultations » by referring physicians is important.
Consultants should make efforts to increase their visibility in the medical community, either by newsletter or lectures to the medical staff.
Every effort should be made to avoid speaking disparagingly about other physicians. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Consultation, Spécialité médicale, Gastroentérologie, Indication, Erreur estimation, Critère décision, Communication, Relation médecin malade, Endoscopie, Etude critique, Homme, Appareil digestif
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Consultation, Medical specialty, Gastroenterology, Indication, Estimation error, Decision criterion, Communication, Physician patient relation, Endoscopy, Critical study, Human, Digestive system
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0321792
Code Inist : 002B13B03. Création : 16/11/1999.