Comparison of self-referred and physician-referred patients to a pediatric diagnostic center.
Self-referral of children by parents without the knowledge of the child's regular physician can lead to redundant or unnecessary testing and difficulty in arranging follow-up care.
This study was designed to investigate reasons for self-referral in a hospital-based pediatric diagnostic center.
During the study period, 59 patients were referred by their regular physicians and 51 were self-referred.
In multiple-choice questionnaires completed by 85% of the parents, nearly half (18/39; 46%) of those who were self-referred but only 2/51 (4%) of physician-referred parents said the child's regular physician was unconcerned about the medical problem.
Further study on the causes for this perception is needed before recommendations can be made to physicians about demonstrating their concern to families.
Mots-clés Pascal : Organisation santé, Nourrisson, Homme, Enfant, Admission hopital, Motivation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Public health organization, Infant, Human, Child, Hospital admission, Motivation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0659145
Code Inist : 002B27B11. Création : 199406.