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Referrals

Review the last 10 musculoskeletal referrals (e.g. rheumatology, orthopaedics, sports and exercise medicine):

  • Did your provisional diagnosis and plan fit with the outcome of referral?

  • Could any other appropriate management have been delivered in primary care or the community (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy)?

  • Suggested action:

    1. Keep a note of your referrals, approach practice administrator or search Choose & Book for referrals.
    2. Look through referral letter and letter from appointment.
    3. Was the reason for the referral clear?
    4. What was the outcome of the referral?
    5. Could this patient have been managed more appropriately in primary care or the community?

Review a random selection of musculoskeletal referrals in the past year who were discharged after a single outpatient attendance:

  • Was the referral appropriate?

  • Could these patients have been managed differently?

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