GPs outdo patients and hotline for appropriate ED referrals

The observational study - carried out by WA researchers and funded by the WA department of health - which analysed data from ED admissions in Royal Perth Hospital from August 2008 to April 2009, found that 89.7% of GP referrals were deemed “appropriate”.

By comparison, 73.8% of self-referrals to EDs were deemed appropriate and just 72.9% of referrals from the federal government funded healthdirect telephone line were deemed appropriate, the study, published in this week’s Medical Journal of Australia, said.

The result was at odds with the report authors’ expectations that &ldquo