Variations in referrals to consultants: A study of general practitioners' characteristics in southern Israel

Asher Elhayany, Pesach Shvartzman, Sigal Regev, Haim Reuveni, Hava Tabenkin

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Abstract

The rate at which primary physicians refer patients to consultants varies considerably, not only within different regions, but also among practices within defined areas. Differences also have been identified between doctors within the same practice. This variation in referral rates is a source of concern because of the costs generated and implications for quality and quantity of care. Many studies that tried to identify the sources for this variation explained only part of it; however, these studies were based on small numbers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

Keywords

  • Family medicine
  • Graduation
  • Referral rate
  • Training
  • Variation

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