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Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2000 Aug;38(4):320-5.

Patterns and appropriateness of referral from general dental practice to specialist oral and maxillofacial surgical services.

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Oral Surgery, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield, UK.

Abstract

In this study we investigated patterns of referral and appropriateness of referrals to specialist oral and maxillofacial surgery services, using postal questionnaires and referral letters. The most common reasons for referral were the expected difficulty of the operation, the medical condition of the patient and the lack of facilities for general anaesthesia. Most referrals were made to the oral and maxillofacial surgery department of a general hospital but almost three-quarters of the respondents stated that they would refer patients to specialist surgical dentistry practices in the future. Few referrals to a university department of oral and maxillofacial surgery were considered to be inappropriate, nor were requests for a particular type of anaesthesia. Any future transfer from secondary to primary care for oral surgery may be hindered by the reduction in facilities for general anaesthesia in the primary care setting.

PMID:
10922159
DOI:
10.1054/bjom.2000.0299
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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