Comparison of specialty referral rates in the United Kingdom and the United States: retrospective cohort analysis

Published: August 17, 2002
Category: Papers
Authors: Bindman AB, Carroll K, Forrest CB, Majeed A, Weiner JP
Countries: United Kingdom, United States
Language: null
Type: Care Management
Setting: Academic

BMJ 325:370-371.

Health Services Research and Development Center, Department of Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Although several studies have shown that US physicians make greater use of medical technologies than UK physicians, no study has examined variation in specialty referral rates, the step before specialised procedures. We compared rates of referral to specialists in the United Kingdom and the United States. To hold the effects of gatekeeping systems constant, we studied US managed care settings that used a structured referral process similar to that in the United Kingdom.

PMID: 12183310
PMCID: PMC117891

Resource Use,Practice Patterns Comparison,Gatekeeping/statistics & numerical data,United Kingdom,United States

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