Referrals to psychiatrists. Assessing the communication interface between psychiatry and primary care.


Journal Article

The Study of Outpatient Referral Patterns was conducted in 1998 to examine the nature of the communication relationship between psychiatrists and primary care physicians regarding outpatient referrals. Nationally representative psychiatrists were surveyed (N = 542) regarding their aggregate experience with outpatient referrals from non-psychiatric physicians in the previous 60 days. Data regarding frequency and type of information and mode of communication were gathered. Results indicate that primary care physicians represent a significant source of referrals to psychiatrists and that psychiatrists are generally satisfied with the communication interface with the referring physicians. Psychiatrists' level of satisfaction was related to the quantity and quality of information provided by referring physicians.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tanielian, TL; Pincus, HA; Dietrich, AJ; Williams, JW; Oxman, TE; Nutting, P; Marcus, SC

Published Date

  • May 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 245 - 252

PubMed ID

  • 10849457

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10849457

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-3182

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/appi.psy.41.3.245


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England