Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Medknow Publications on behalf of The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL)
Vol. 70, No. 5, 2004, pp. 285-287
Bioline Code: dv04098
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Vol. 70, No. 5, 2004, pp. 285-287
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Study - Dermatology referrals in the hospital setting|
Walia NS, Deb S
BACKGROUND AND AIMS:
Dermatology consultation occurs mainly in the outpatient setting. The reasons for inpatient dermatologic consultation by other specialties in a hospital, its frequency and its impact on health care are largely unrecorded.
We retrospectively studied the records of 971 hospitalized patients or patients being evaluated in emergency services for which a dermatologist′s consultation was requested over a 5 - year period in a medium sized military hospital. The demographic details, specialties requiring consultation, provisional diagnosis and dermatological investigations done were tabulated.
Dermatologic consultation changed the dermatologic diagnosis and treatment in more than 2/3rd of the patients. Generally, the dermatologic diagnoses most frequently missed by the referring service were common conditions with established treatment.
The overall impact of dermatologic consultation on health delivery to patients was substantial. Important recommendations to any health care system are offered.
Referrals, Dermatology care, Health care
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