Overutilization of the general hospital emergency room for psychiatric referrals in an Israeli hospital

D. Vigiser, A. Apter, U. Aviram, B. Maoz

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Abstract

Consecutive referrals numbering 177 to the psychiatrist in an Israeli general hospital emergency room (ER) over a two-month period were evaluated. Only one-third met our criteria of justifiability. When the general practitioner (GP) was the referral source, we considered only 29 per cent of cases justified as compared to 70 per cent of the self-referrals. A combination of poor understanding by the GP of when to refer urgently, efforts by the GP to bypass clinic waiting lists, and lack of alternative community facilities may have accounted for this finding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-75
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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