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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 107

Physician attendance during interhospital patient transfer


1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication23-Sep-2019

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


DOI: 10.4103/CJRM.CJRM_37_19

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Physician attendance during interhospital patient transfer. Can J Rural Med 2019;24:107

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Physician attendance during interhospital patient transfer. Can J Rural Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 19];24:107. Available from: http://www.cjrm.ca/text.asp?2019/24/4/107/267588

Dear Editor,

We read the publication on 'Physician attendance during interhospital patient transfer in Ontario: 2005-2015' with great interest.[1] Wonnacott et al. concluded that 'physician-attended ambulance transfer in Ontario is largely provided by family physicians in suburban to remote settings'.[1] We would like to share some ideas on this issue. There is no doubt that having a physician attend during the interhospital transfer is useful. Nevertheless, the decision to transfer has to be carefully considered.[2] In remote areas, there might be a limited number of physicians and it might not be possible for a physician to attend the patient transfer. In our setting, i.e. in a developing Asian country, it is usually not possible to have a physician attend during the interhospital transfer in remote areas. Generally, nurses play this role. In a worst case scenario, the facilities for transfer of patients are limited and the ambulance is sometimes lacking. To overcome the problem, a good plan for implementing a good transfer system is required. Training of specific personnel in the transfer process might be a good management tool for the lack of facilities and workload of medical personnel in remote areas in a developing country.

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Wonnacott D, Frymire E, Khan S, Green ME. Physician attendance during interhospital patient transfer in Ontario: 2005-2015. Can J Rural Med 2019;24:37-43.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Mohr NM, Wong TS, Faine B, Schlichting A, Noack J, Ahmed A. Discordance between patient and clinician experiences and priorities in rural interhospital transfer: A mixed methods study. J Rural Health 2016;32:25-34.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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