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Guidelines for referral to a regional genetics service: GPs respond by referring more appropriate cases

Lucassen, Anneke, Watson, Eila, Harcourt, Jean, Rose, Peter and O'Grady, Jane (2001) Guidelines for referral to a regional genetics service: GPs respond by referring more appropriate cases Family Practice, 18, (2), pp. 135-140.

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to see whether guidelines on whom to refer to a regional genetics service could improve the appropriateness of referrals to the service. It also aimed to assess whether the genetic clinic assessment of risk agreed with that described in the GP letter.
Methods: Referral guidelines were sent to all Oxfordshire GPs and the subsequent content of the referral letters was analysed. A retrospective assessment of referral letters sent during the 6 months before dissemination was also made.
Results: The study showed that post-guidelines, fewer ‘lower risk’ referrals were made and that the description of the risk in the GP letter improved, so that a greater proportion of genetic clinic risks agreed with those described in the GP letter.
Conclusion: The use of referral guidelines can help GPs to act as gatekeeper for referrals to secondary care.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: cancer genetics, family history, primary care, referral guidelines, risk assessment

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Local EPrints ID: 26446
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/26446
ISSN: 0263-2136
PURE UUID: 3c1bf5c9-ff40-4c02-9ae0-d3767f025a93

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Date deposited: 21 Apr 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:07

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Author: Anneke Lucassen
Author: Eila Watson
Author: Jean Harcourt
Author: Peter Rose
Author: Jane O'Grady

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