Patient Referrals and Consultations Initiated by Pacific Fleet Ships during In-Port Periods.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This study was designed to document the proportion of shipboard patient visits requiring consultative or referral services in-port, and to identify the nature of those services received. Approximately 11 of in-port patient visits required outside medical assistance, with independent duty corpsmen referring at a substantially higher rate 18 than physicians 7. While the majority of physician referrals 90 were directed to specialty clinics, independent duty corpsman referrals were approximately evenly divided between specialty and general medical clinics. The rank-order of referral diagnoses and consultations was generally similar to physicians and independent duty corpsmen, with orthopedic problems comprising the majority of consultations. Author
- Medicine and Medical Research