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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 292-293  

Referral letter and reply form

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, China

Date of Web Publication24-Sep-2014

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.141657

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Referral letter and reply form . J Family Med Prim Care 2014;3:292-3

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Referral letter and reply form . J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Sep 27];3:292-3. Available from: https://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2014/3/3/292/141657

Dear Editor,

The recent report on referral letter and reply form is very interesting. [1] Ramanayake et al., concluded that "a multicenter island-wide study should be conducted to assess the acceptability of the format to primary care doctors and specialists and its impact on reply rate." [1] In fact, the referral from family physician to corresponding experts for proper management and follow up of the case is the main concept in family medicine. However, the big problem is "no information" notified from the consulted specialist. To get a reply is important for further following up in family medicine clinical practice. Ramanayake et al., proposed a new documentation system to solve the problem. In fact, the document might be a useful idea, but the rooted problem is due to the lack of intention of the specialist to write. Therefore, any more sophisticated document seems to be useless. The possible additional method might be the proposed new medical practice rule that the reply to referral case is mandatory, and it should be audited in any hospital accreditation. [2]

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1.Ramanayake R, Perera DP, de Silva A, Sumanasekera R, Jayasinghe LR, Fernando K, et al. Referral letter with an attached structured reply form: Is it a solution for not getting replies. J Fam Med Primary Care 2013;2:319-22.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Scott IA, Mitchell CA, Logan E. Audit of consultant physicians' reply letters for referrals to clinics in a tertiary teaching hospital. Intern Med J 2004;34:31-7.  Back to cited text no. 2


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