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General practitioners' reflections on referring: an asymmetric or non-dialogical process?

Authors
  • Thorsen, Olav
  • Hartveit, Miriam
  • Baerheim, Anders
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scandinavian journal of primary health care
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2012
Volume
30
Issue
4
Pages
241–246
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3109/02813432.2012.711190
PMID: 23050793
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The referral process is essential for good patient care between general practice and specialist services. GPs consider referring as asymmetric and sometimes humiliating. The dichotomy between the wish for mutual dialogue and the convenience of using templates should be kept in mind when assuring quality of the referral process.

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