Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Copying GP letters to patients: a comprehensive study across four different departments in a district general hospital

Lepping, Peter, Paravastu, Sharath C. V., Turner, Jim, Billings, Peter and Minchom, Philip 2010. Copying GP letters to patients: a comprehensive study across four different departments in a district general hospital. Health informatics journal 16 (1) , pp. 58-62. 10.1177/1460458209349814

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

Communication with patients is vital in their management, and the NHS plan to copy clinic letters to patients was published in 2004. This study aims to determine whether patients are satisfied with their current communication or prefer alternative modes, overall and between different specialty clinics. A questionnaire was given to outpatients attending clinics in November to December 2006. A total of 483 patients returned the questionnaire, giving a 95 per cent response rate. Overall, 85 per cent of patients were satisfied with the current method of communication, and a significant number did want a copy of GP letters. Trend analysis suggests that, as the number of clinic visits increased, requests for copies of letters decreased (p = 0.02). Paediatric and psychiatric patients were more likely to want letters than medical and surgical patients (p = 0.003). Thus communication needs may differ between departments. Opt-in letter copy systems seem preferable.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinics, letters, outpatients
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1460-4582
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 10:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/27968

Citation Data

Cited 2 times in Google Scholar. View in Google Scholar

Cited 4 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item