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.