Research Article

Shuttle case records: link between general practice and the specialist unit.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.290.6469.677 (Published 02 March 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:677
  1. J M Beyer,
  2. K Hørslev-Petersen,
  3. P Helin

    Abstract

    General practitioners have participated in the long term follow up of 367 patients who have undergone treatment with potent antirheumatic drugs at this hospital. Over the past two and a half years we have used the "shuttle case record" system, whereby patients' records are mailed back and forth between our department and general practitioners. This seems to work well. It is safe for the patients, and they save time and money in travel. The general practitioners like it, it improves communication between them and the specialist unit, and it enables the specialist unit to use its resources and manpower more effectively. The system may also be used to monitor patients with other chronic disorders, and it may be a valuable tool for doing research in general practice.