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Analysis of geographical distribution of referrals to psychiatry from primary care
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 23 March 2020
The distribution of the demand from primary care in the mental health units could be a way of facilitating the coordination and improving the attention to patients. For this reason, in our unit we have made a repartition of the areas among the different psychiatrists.
To analyze if there was a correlation between the geographical origin of the patients or their primary care areas and the referrals, and between them and their attendance.
This is an epidemiological, analytic, prospective study of patients referred to our department. The following variables were collected: (1) referral protocol, (2) reason, (3) demographic data (origin, gender, age), (4) Primary Care area, (5) attendance to appointment, (6) diagnosis impression and (7) destination of referral. The SPSS 19.0 was used to analyze the data.
A total of 1048 patients were sampled. A statistically significant relationship hasn’t been found between place of residence, primary care area or areas of distribution in the Unit and attendance (Chi2). If we analyze the population of each distribution, we can describe similar percentages depending on the size of these.
Although a different distribution and a relationship is thought between some areas and the attendance or the number of referrals, we didn’t find out them in our sample.
The authors have not supplied their declaration of competing interest.
- e-Poster Viewing: Epidemiology and social psychiatry
- European Psychiatry , Volume 41 , Issue S1: Abstract of the 25th European Congress of Psychiatry , April 2017 , pp. S576
- Copyright © European Psychiatric Association 2017
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