Programme no. 543-OP
Quality Improvement
The various ways general practitioners refer to hospital. An observational cross-sectional study using principal components analysis
Olav Thorsen*1, Anders Bærheim2
1Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care,University of Bergen,Bergen,Norway, 2Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care,University of Bergen,Bergen,Norway
* = Presenting author
Objectives: To identify factors and components important for the referral process based on the GPs’ opinions about referring and registrations of what they do in practice when they refer.
Background: Improving the referral process between physicians is critical to facilitating timely access to specialty care. There are several aspects with the referral process that require significant improvements.
Results: The study showed that the use of principal component analysis and abduction of quantitative data can give useful insight and understanding of complex processes as referring. The results will be presented as basis for discussion.
Material/Methods: Invitation were sent to 37 registered CPD (continuous professional development) groups in Southern Rogaland (330.000 inhabitants, 300 GPs and one local hospital (Stavanger University Hospital). 23 of the CPD groups accepted the invitation to participate. Meetings were held from January to April 2014. 123 group members received information about the study and filled in a questionnaire on a VAS (visual analogue scale) with 10 statements about the referral process. 58 GPs participated in the collection of data when they referred to hospital during one month. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to find important elements and factors in the referral process.
Conclusion: The study showed that the use of principal component analysis and abduction of quantitative data can give useful insight and understanding of complex processes as referring.
Points for discussion: The results will be presented as basis for discussion