All inpatient consultations obtained by family physicians at a university hospital were monitored for 2 1/2 years to determine the number and types of consultations obtained. Overall, 1,017 consultations were obtained on 2,155 patients (0.47 consultations per patient). The consultation rate, however, gradually decreased from 0.56 consultations per patient at the beginning of the study to 0.36 consultations per patient at the end of the study, probably corresponding to cost-containment pressures placed on physicians by increasing involvement with prepaid health care plans. The specialties most frequently consulted were cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, and pulmonary medicine, which together accounted for more than one third of all consultations obtained.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Family Practice|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Family Practice