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Genitourinary medicine and communication with General Practitioners - possible solution to a dilemma.

Winceslaus, J., Blount, J., Cryer, Colin (1999) Genitourinary medicine and communication with General Practitioners - possible solution to a dilemma. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 75 (1). pp. 45-48. (doi:10.1136/sti.75.1.45) (KAR id:24661)

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Objectives: To devise a method of communicating with the general practitioners (GPs), overcoming the constraints imposed by patient confidentiality and the low levels of staffing in genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics. To assess the GPs’ responses to this method of communication.

Methods: Patients were recruited if they attended the clinic of their own accord without a letter of referral from their GPs; a definitive or provisional diagnosis was made and the patient was managed in the clinic; the patient’s GP had received a conventional reply from the GUM clinic

Results: 75 patients were eligible. Seven patients refused to participate. All questionnaires were returned by the GPs for the 68 participating patients (100%). Seven GPs failed to receive the study letter. For these unreferred patients, this was an improvement in communication level from 0% to 80%. 79% (95% confidence interval: 67%–87%) preferred the study letter, 97% (89%–99%) would like to receive a similar letter for future patients. All GPs thought that the study letter was at least as good as the standard letter, 52% (40%–64%) thought it was better. For 82% (70%–90%) it was the preferred format for future communication.

clinics and GPs.

Keywords: STDs; general practitioners; communication

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1136/sti.75.1.45
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 14:21 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:35 UTC
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