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April 1983

The Preoperative Consultation: Response to Internists' Recommendations

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine (Drs Klein, Levine, and Moore and Ms Kirby), Health Services Research and Development Center (Drs Klein and Levine), and the Division of Health Education (Drs Klein and Levine), The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(4):743-744. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350040133018
Abstract

• Preoperative consultations are frequently performed; however, little is known about the way requesters respond to the recommendations offered. For this reason, 90 consecutive preoperative consultations, performed by a general medical unit, were reviewed and compared with 66 consecutive nonpreoperative consultations, performed by the same unit during the same period. Analysis disclosed that recommendations made during preoperative consultation were often not followed and were less likely to be followed than were those made during nonpreoperative consultation (53.9% v 68.9%). Controlling for the type of consultative advice offered and for the type of surgical service requesting the consultation did not alter this relationship. These results highlight the particular importance of consultant follow-up for recommendations made during preoperative consultations.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:743-744)

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